Daily Archives: October 18, 2019

2019-10-18: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-18). Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant. globalresearch.ca Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …

RT (2019-10-18). 'Queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption': Tulsi Gabbard DRAGS Hillary Clinton after 'Russian asset' claim. rt.com Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a 'concerted campaign' to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain." | "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we…

Chris Gilbert (2019-10-18). Forward! A Week of Protest in Catalonia. counterpunch.org This week in Catalonia the harsh sentences bestowed on the organizers of a 2017 referendum have sparked a wave of protests, breathing new life into the region's independence movement. The new scenario might also open a space for the leftist independentist groups to push forward a program that combines Catalan independence with social transformation. On More

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-18). Contradictory US/Turkey Ceasefire in Northern Syria. Turkey is Playing the US and Russia Cards Simultaneously. globalresearch.ca On Thursday in Ankara, Turkish President Erdogan met with Mike Pence and Pompeo, a joint statement by both sides issued following talks. See below. | Trump regime hardliners want their imperial agenda in Syria continued, notably aiming to undermine Russian efforts …

Staff (2019-10-18). Is Trump More Concerned With Erdoƒüan Relationship Than With Kurdish Lives? truthout.org After meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara on Thursday, Turkish officials agreed to temporarily pause Turkey's invasion of the Rojava autonomous region in northeast Syria in exchange for the lifting of U.S. sanctions. While the agreement may prevent further bloodshed and blunt a growing humanitarian crisis, it represents a victory for Turkey's authoritarian president and a setback for Syrian Kurdish militias that allied with the United States in the fight against ISIS. | The Syrian D…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-10-18). Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War. commondreams.org Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. – Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. (Photo: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nermeen Shaikh (2019-10-18). "Meltdown": Trump defends Syria withdrawal as house votes 354 to 60 to condemn his actions. nationofchange.org As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish …

WSWS (2019-10-18). US claims "ceasefire" deal in Turkey's invasion of Syria. wsws.org After US Vice President Pence and Turkish President Erdogan met Thursday, Turkish officials bragged that Ankara got everything it wanted.

Gregory Shupak (2019-10-18). Media Alarmed by Imaginary US Pullout From Syria. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | President Donald Trump's modification of the US's Syria policy has generated a torrent of confusion, so it's worth reviewing the record. | White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced on October 6: Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria . The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial "Caliphate," will no longer be in the immediate area. | The stateme…

Arabi Souri (2019-10-18). Syrian Army Entered Ayn al-Arab at the Borders with Turkey. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army is deploying at Ayn Al-Arab, the tip of the Syrian northern borders with Turkey, its vanguards arriving in Raqqa, the city which US forces obliterated quite deliberately and claimed it had been liberated it from its …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-10-18). US-Greece-US: Lines Being Drawn by the U.S. in the Eastern Mediterranean, against Turkey and Russia? globalresearch.ca Greek-U.S. relations have entered "a new era" with U.S. Secretary of State stating earlier this month that he has "come to Greece to expand the partnership that's already at the best level it has ever been." He followed up this …

CounterSpin (2019-10-18). Khury Petersen-Smith on Turkey & the Kurds, Alex Vitale on the Purpose of Policing. fair.org Media…

Staff (2019-10-18). US-Turkey Frictions Raise Doubts About Nukes at Turk Base. truthdig.com It is almost an open secret that the U.S. has as many as 50 B-61 bombs stored under heavy guard in southern Turkey.

Brian Terrell (2019-10-18). The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye" commondreams.org U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle sits after shortly landing Nov. 12, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-18). Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player. globalresearch.ca The United States of America emerged victorious from the Second World War, and came out stronger than any other country in the world. The allies- notably the Soviet Union- won the war but emerged much weaker. They needed to reconstruct …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-18). It's Curtains for US in Syria. Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan. globalresearch.ca The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and …

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-18). US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of Isis. dissidentvoice.org There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media's framing of Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to like Trump or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the sudden departure of US forces from northern Syria to …

Reese Erlich (2019-10-18). Foreign Correspondent: Trump Dumps Kurds as the Empire Crumbles. progressive.org They say politics makes strange bedfellows. So does war.

Federico Pieraccini (2019-10-18). The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins. globalresearch.ca "Moscow and Damascus have always maintained they are against any form of partition or illegal foreign presence in Syria." | Moscow has managed to maintain contacts with all parties in the conflict, even in spite of its stance against partition and …

Almasdar News (2019-10-18). US Military Unlikely to Withdraw from Eastern Syria and Its Oil Fields. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. | According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won't …

Daniel Beaumont (2019-10-18). Pressing Done Here: Syria, Iraq and "Informed Discussion" counterpunch.org Yes, Iraq too again. Innocent Iraqis, most of them young, are being shot and killed now by the hundreds as they protest the corruption and incompetence of the current government. The title of Patrick Cockburn's last article about Iraq is "Iraq is in Revolt" (CounterPunch, October 7, 2019). The US "liberation" of Iraq in 2003 More

Daniel Beaumont (2019-10-18). Pressing Done Here: Syria, Iraq and "Informed Discussion" counterpunch.org Yes, Iraq too again. Innocent Iraqis, most of them young, are being shot and killed now by the hundreds as they protest the corruption and incompetence of the current government. The title of Patrick Cockburn's last article about Iraq is "Iraq is in Revolt" (CounterPunch, October 7, 2019). The US "liberation" of Iraq in 2003 More

Brandon Smith (2019-10-18). The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos. globalresearch.ca For many years now I have focused a considerable amount of analysis on the subject of Syria, with an emphasis on the country's importance to the global elites as a kind of geopolitical detonator; the first domino in a …

Nino Pagliccia (2019-10-18). Peace Restored in Ecuador, But is trust? counterpunch.org After ten people were reported killed on the streets of Ecuador, together with about 2,000 people injured and a large number imprisoned, an agreement was reached between the Lenin Moreno government and protesters against a controversial Decree 883 that had the footprint of the neoliberal austerity policies of the IMF. For the time being the More

Peter Koenig (2019-10-18). Ecuador — The Fight Against Moreno and the IMF Is Far from Over. globalresearch.ca In Ecuador, the fight against IMF austerity measures is far from over. Just a few hours after my article was published on Sunday, 13 October, Ecuador — and the IMF's Killing Spree — President Lenin Moreno declared the infamous Decree …

Kathy Kelly (2019-10-18). Death, Bloodshed, and Misery in Yemen. globalresearch.ca Writing about his visit to the world's largest weapons bazaar, held in London in October, journalist Arron Merat describes reading the slogan emblazoned above Raytheon's stall: "Strike With Creativity." Raytheon manufactures Paveway laser-guided bombs—produced in factories in the United States …

Paul Street (2019-10-18). Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections. counterpunch.org Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that More

Karl Evers-Hillstrom and Yue Stella Yu (2019-10-18). Leading 2020 Democrats want to get money out of politics — here's how they plan to do it. nationofchange.org Following Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) plan to bar corporate money from federal politics, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) each proposed overhauls to federal election rules early this week ahead of the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night. The three Democratic frontrunners each say they want to radically change the current campaign finance system. The proposals …

Staff (2019-10-18). 2020 Democrats Are Burning Cash Faster Than They Can Raise It. truthout.org As the Democratic presidential field narrows, some of the top-tier candidates remain strong in fundraising while others struggle to garner enough support to stay in the game, Tuesday's quarterly filings show. | Having sworn off high-dollar fundraisers, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the two frontrunners <...

Staff (2019-10-18). Biden Accuses Sanders and Warren of "Playing Trump's Game" With Medicare for All. truthout.org Speaking to reporters during a campaign event in Ohio on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden accused Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — his two top rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — of "playing Trump's game and trying to con the American people" by supporting Medicare for All. | "I mean, look, I don't want to pick on Elizabeth Warren, but this is ridiculous," Biden said. "The idea that someone is going to be able to go out and spend what tur…

Ashley Smith (2019-10-18). Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps. counterpunch.org After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would More

Ashley Smith (2019-10-18). Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps. counterpunch.org After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-18). Impeachment crisis: Mulvaney admits guilt but says "get over it" peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Trump's approach now is to brazenly admit to almost everything he has been charged with and hope that by doing so people will think there was no "secret" conspiracy and that even clearly illegal acts are therefore "ok" because "everyone does them." In the latest revelation of potential "treason, bribery and other high crimes and …

Robert Weissman (2019-10-18). The Antidote to Trump's Corrupt G7 Deal? Impeachment and Conviction. commondreams.org Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes an appearance prior to the start of play during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-18). The Eurozone In Crisis? New President of the European Central Bank (ECB) has a Criminal Record. Christine Lagarde. globalresearch.ca Lagarde was found "guilty" without the enforcement of a one year prison sentence. She was accused of "negligence" rather than "complicity" in a multimillion euro fraud. She was rewarded rather than penalized.

RT (2019-10-18). No birds allowed in this nuclear apocalypse: US Navy 'doomsday' aircraft grounded by bird strike. rt.com A Navy "doomsday" aircraft designed to be used as a command center in a nuclear war was knocked out of commission — by a bird, which caused over $2 million in damages when it was sucked into an engine during a test flight.

C.J. Atkins (2019-10-18). Canadian election: How long can Trudeau's Liberals wear a left disguise? peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Justin Trudeau won in 2015 on a left-leaning platform filled with pledges to tax the rich, make elections more democratic, and save the world from climate change. But four years, a number of scandals, and several broken promises later, it's getting harder for his Liberal Party to make Canadians think it's the modern progressive force …

Olivia Rosane (2019-10-18). G7 summit at Trump's Miami resort: Climate change "not on the agenda" peoplesworld.org Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney made two controversial announcements about the 2020 Group of Seven (G7) summit: it will be hosted at one of President Donald Trump's golf resorts in Miami and it won't feature any discussion of the climate crisis. "Climate change will not be on the agenda," Mulvaney told reporters, as The Guardian reported. Mulvaney's …

Olivia Alperstein (2019-10-18). Nuclear Weapons are an Existential Threat. counterpunch.org There's a growing awareness now that climate change is an existential threat to humanity. Inspiring movements are demanding solutions, and politicians are scrambling to offer them. That's good. But there's another existential threat that gets a lot less attention: nuclear war. And a new study suggests it's time to pay attention — and eliminate nuclear More

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-10-18). Trump as the "Anti-War" President: on Misinformation in American Political Discourse. counterpunch.org It is a great propaganda victory for Donald Trump that he has managed to sell himself as "anti-war." Broadly speaking, Trump has no anti-war bona fides to draw upon. He's torn up the Iran agreement, while threatening war in its place. He's threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea. Trump has presided over consistent increases in spending for the American warfare state. And he's engaged in more drone strikes than Obama up to this point in both presidencies. Trump has put forward no timetable for the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He's continued for more than two years the U.S. military presenc…

Ian Goodrum (2019-10-18). LeBron 'scandal' over Hong Kong comments shows depth of anti-China psychosis. peoplesworld.org A measured answer to a loaded question. We don't get enough of them these days. LeBron James of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers demonstrated tact and thoughtfulness when he broke his silence on Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests, lodging no opinion on the protests themselves and calling …

teleSUR (2019-10-18). Honduran President's Brother Found Guilty of Drug Trafficking. telesurenglish.net A New York Federal Court on Friday found Juan Antonio Hernandez (aka Tony), the brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH), guilty of charges of drug trafficking, use of weapons and lying to authorities. | RELATED: | Honduras President's Brother Allegedly Sold Drugs to Drug Dealer | During this trial President JOH was denounced by…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-10-18). Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate. counterpunch.org Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we "must hold Russia accountable for invading the world's greatest democracy and being able to do More

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2019-10-18). Syracuse, N.Y. says: 'Close the Camps' with people's power. workers.org "Up, up with liberation! Down, down with deportation!" rang out Oct. 11 as more than 75 people marched through the streets of downtown Syracuse, N.Y. They were responding to a national call for Close the Camps actions that day to "Stop the war on immigrants, Indigenous peoples and refugees!" At . . . | Continue reading Syracuse, N.Y. says: 'Close the Camps' with people's power at Workers.org

Naureen Shah (2019-10-18). Why is the Trump Administration Trying to Tear This 26-Year-Old DACA Recipient Away From Her Child? aclu.org Anahi Jaquez —Estrada is scared. As soon as Monday, she may be deported to a country she hardly knows: away from her 8-year-old daughter and her husband, both of whom are United States citizens. She has lived in the U.S. almost her entire life and is in the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident. Her story is at once exceptionally tragic and a paradigmatic example of how our immigration legal system is failing — and tearing families apart. | I met Anahi in late July at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention site in Aurora, Colorado, where she has spent the last year and a…

Staff (2019-10-18). Trump Administration's Denials of H-1B Visas Are Being Overturned at Record Rate. truthout.org This story is part of a collaboration with Mother Jones. | Since 2017, as part of its efforts to "hire American," the Trump administration has been aggressively denying applications for H-1B visas. Yet a record number of those denials have been overturned on appeal, suggesting that the administration has been wrongfully rejecting qualified applicants for these coveted visas for high-skilled immigrants. | While President Donald Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants has grabbed public…

teleSUR (2019-10-18). Activists Mount "Sick-In" To Highlight Pollution in Chile. telesurenglish.net Greenpeace activists and residents of communities suffering from industrial pollution created a mock hospital ward outside the Chilean presidential palace on Thursday to demand that the government commit to shutting down coal-fired power plants by 2030. | RELATED: | Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished | About 20 people were lying in hospital beds, hooked up to oxygen tanks and covered by sheets "stained" with pollution. | The aim of the…

Daniel Warner (2019-10-18). Greta the Disturber. counterpunch.org Greta Thunberg has become an international figure. The sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist has gone from a lonely student skipping school on Fridays to protest for more action on global warming to being nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Greta has become a global player. The New York City Board of Education officially excused over More

Marco Terrugi (2019-10-18). First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity. workers.org The following is based on a slightly modified translation by Resumen Latinoamericano, published Sept. 21. The First International Women's Congress for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, held in Caracas [Sept. 19-21], assembled representatives of 110 organizations from 23 countries from all over the world. The proposal and plans for the . . . | Continue reading First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity at Workers.org

Pete Dolack (2019-10-18). The Fight to Overturn the Latest Corporate Coup at Pacifica Has Only Begun. counterpunch.org Crisis is never far away at the Pacifica radio network, but it is now facing perhaps its worst crisis ever as a new "corporate coup" has, at least for now, shut down WBAI in New York City. Pacifica listeners and on-air hosts have successfully fought back against prior attacks on the progressive network, most notably More

Joseph Natoli (2019-10-18). Trump on the March. counterpunch.org "Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?" Elijah Cummings 1951-2019 "I, in my great and unmatched wisdom. .." "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart." — President Donald Trump tweets "[U]nprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and More

Christopher Fons — Conor McMullen (2019-10-18). The Centrism of Elizabeth Warren. counterpunch.org The mainstream media, and elite opinion, seem to be coming to a consensus on who's going to be the next president of the United States and they seem to be breaking for Elizabeth Warren. Warren was given by far the most speaking time at CNN's most recent debate and the overall treatment of her in More

M. G. Piety (2019-10-18). "Grim Positivism" vs. Truthiness in Biography. counterpunch.org Clare Carlisle took exception to my review in the Times Literary Supplement of her biography of Kierkegaard ("Alone for dinner" TLS 4 October 2019). She accused me in a letter to the editor in the next edition of being either "unable or unwilling to approach [her] life of Kierkegaard on its own terms, i.e., as More

Rebecca Gordon (2019-10-18). Extorting Ukraine is Bad Enough But Trump Has Done Much Worse. counterpunch.org Recently a friend who follows the news a bit less obsessively than I do said, "I thought George W. Bush was bad, but it seems like Donald Trump is even worse. What do you think?" "Well," I replied, "in terms of causing death and destruction, I suspect Bush still has the edge." In fact, the More

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-10-18). Journey to the Unknown Interior of (You). counterpunch.org Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream It is not dying It is not dying Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void — The Beatles, "Tomorrow Never Knows" (1966), inspired by Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead I was recklessly musing about Julian More

M. G. Piety (2019-10-18). "Grim Positivism" vs. Truthiness in Biography. counterpunch.org Clare Carlisle took exception to my review in the Times Literary Supplement of her biography of Kierkegaard ("Alone for dinner" TLS 4 October 2019). She accused me in a letter to the editor in the next edition of being either "unable or unwilling to approach [her] life of Kierkegaard on its own terms, i.e., as More

Kathleen Wallace (2019-10-18). Trump Can't Survive Where the Bats and Moonlight Laugh. counterpunch.org During the Trump presidency there has been much talk about the lack of civility—the nature of discourse infecting the nation. There is a surreal sensation to it—that this is somehow new, but the only thing new about it is that the naked hate is just a bit more evident now. Are there more raging racists More

Clark T. Scott (2019-10-18). Cross-eyed, Fanged and Horned. counterpunch.org Almost 700 years ago, as many people in Europe were trying to climb out of the squalor of so-called feudalism, Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted a series of frescos in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena which included two allegorical representations of how government can operate. One allegory represented good government and its effects on the land and More

Andrew Levine (2019-10-18). What's So Awful About Foreign Interference? counterpunch.org The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For More

RT (2019-10-18). Boeing in more trouble over messages 'misleading' FAA about 737 MAX problems — reports. rt.com Text messages between two Boeing employees implying they "lied to the regulators" about problems with the safety software of 737 MAX passenger jets have been reportedly given to investigators, as the planes remain out of service. | The exchanges from 2016 between MAX chief technical pilot Mark Forkner and another unnamed pilot at Boeing are now with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to documents seen by Reuters. | The FAA is said to have found the information "concerning" and is reviewing it "to determine what action is appropriate." FAA Administrator Steve Dickson also wrote to Boeing CEO Dennis…

RT (2019-10-18). Hate the president, buy our pants? Sportswear brand tries to cash in on an ad showing Trump TIED-UP. rt.com Not only do they fit snug and look great, yoga pants are apparently now the latest front in the US' culture-war. One enterprising firm is selling its pants with a picture depicting a feminist hog-tying President Donald Trump. | The image, entitled 'Lady Liberty' and reportedly erected over New York's Times Square, shows model and Marine Corps veteran Michal Mesa screaming into the face of a Trump likeness, while tying POTUS up with a red, white and blue rope. | Strange way to sell yoga pants and sports bras, but DHVANI, the company responsible, has apparently banked on turning Trump-hate into profit. Other…

Staff (2019-10-18). Trump's Withdrawal From Forever War Is Just Another Con. truthdig.com If the president is truly committed to bringing our troops home, why has he increased their presence across the Greater Middle East?

RT (2019-10-18). WATCH: Lady Gaga plunges off stage after leaping into fan's arms. rt.com Pop performer Lady Gaga took a serious tumble off stage during her latest performance in Las Vegas. The singer had jumped into the arms of a fan when he lost his footing and the pair plummeted to the ground below. | Fans can be heard gasping and screaming in horror, fearing the worst for Gaga. | Though both appeared uninjured and retook the stage shortly afterwards, the fan, called Jack, was visibly distraught. "Everything's ok," Lady Gaga said after getting back on her feet and looking for a way back onto the stage, before telling Jack, "it's not your fault." | She even joked that she'd "be very upset" if…

Workers World Philadelphia bureau (2019-10-18). Potluck solidarity with striking GM workers. workers.org Around 100 United Auto Workers' supporters gathered in Langhorne, Pa., at the General Motors Service Parts Operation warehouse on Oct. 13. Workers, both unionized and not, came from surrounding New Jersey and Pennsylvania cities and towns, some from as far away as Philadelphia to break bread and barbeque in a . . . | Continue reading Potluck solidarity with striking GM workers at Workers.org

RT (2019-10-18). 'I'm the Meryl Streep of generals!' Former Pentagon chief Mattis revels in Trump insult as #Resistance demands dirt. rt.com Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis bragged President Donald Trump had called him "the most overrated general," comparing himself to similarly 'overrated' actress Meryl Streep, while the #Resistance clamored for more. | "I'm not just an overrated general. I'm the most overrated general," the former Pentagon chief boasted during the keynote speech at the Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Thursday. "I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress." | So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me. | Warmi…

WSWS (2019-10-18). Following terrorist attack in Germany, Jewish community strongly criticises police intervention in Halle. wsws.org The fact remains that the injured terrorist was able to escape in a car even though the police units were armed and had blocked the road.

teleSUR (2019-10-18). Massive Blast Kills 62 People in Eastern Afghanistan. telesurenglish.net Blasts in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers killed at least 62 men who had gathered for worship, local officials said. | RELATED: | Afghanistan Election-Related Violence Left 85 Dead: UN Report | Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said there were multiple blasts from explosives placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. | The roof of the mosque had completely fallen in. | Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the…

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-18). US-China "Trade" War? No Way. Only the Defeat of Turbo-Capitalism! globalresearch.ca It is very popular these days to talk and write about the "trade war" between the United States and China. But is there really one raging? Or is it, what we are witnessing, simply a clash of political and ideological …

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-18). US and China "Trade" War? dissidentvoice.org It is very popular these days to talk and write about the "trade war" between the United States and China. But is there really one raging? Or is what we are witnessing simply a clash of political and ideological systems: one being extremely successful and optimistic, the other depressing, full of dark cynicism and nihilism? …

Brian Cloughley (2019-10-18). Yearning to Breathe Free. counterpunch.org On October 8 there were two appalling reports about the plight of the Afghan people. One was that in September the US Air Force dropped more bombs and fired more missiles in Afghanistan than in any other month for ten years. The other concerned an investigation by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan which concluded that the massive More

Sarah Anderson (2019-10-18). Where is "Line Worker Barbie"? counterpunch.org Mattel executives say they're worried about girls developing "self-limiting beliefs," resulting in a "dream gap" with boys. So the giant toymaker rolled out an extensive line of "Career Dolls," including Barbie pilots, firefighters, and robotic engineers, to inspire its young patrons. But there's one career you won't find in this line: the typical working woman More

Eileen Appelbaum (2019-10-18). The PR Campaign to Hide the Real Cause of those Sky-High Surprise Medical Bills. counterpunch.org Most people assume that if they are treated at a hospital in their insurance network, the doctors they see will accept their insurance. But that's not always the case. Since 2010, an increasing number of hospitals have outsourced their emergency rooms, radiology, anesthesiology, and other specialized services to physician staffing firms. Patients who need these More

Mike Wayne (2019-10-18). The Birth of a New English State? globalresearch.ca The right's New Jerusalem: The birth of any new nation-state typically requires revolutionaries. And the British and Unionist Conservative Party is today the (perhaps surprising) political agent of a potentially new English nation-state. For this is not a Conservative party …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-10-18). Democrat "Debate" Ignores War Crimes of the State. globalresearch.ca Did you watch the Democrat debate? I didn't. I haven't had cable television and access to the alphabet propaganda networks for well over a decade. I suppose I could have watched it on the web, but why bother? The outcome …

Richard C. Cook (2019-10-18). Universal Basic Income and the 2020 Election. Redistribution by Taxing the Rich. globalresearch.ca UBI promoter Andrew Yang may be the first candidate for president running under a major party banner to advocate it, but he is certainly not the first in history. | The idea of UBI has been around at least since Thomas …

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-18). Serbia Is Surrendering to Greater Albania. globalresearch.ca The geopolitical project of "Greater Albania" received unprecedented support from an extremely unlikely source after Serbia surprisingly surrendered to the policy of passport-free travel for its Albanian and Macedonian neighbors by 2021 as part of an entirely voluntarily initiative that …

B'Tselem (2019-10-18). Contrary to Israeli Military Statement: 9 Year Old Child Abd a-Rahman Was Shot in the Head with Live Ammunition. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in July 2019. | B'Tselem investigation published today proves a soldier fired live ammunition, hitting 'Abd a-Rahman a-Shteiwi, 9, in the head. A-Shteiwi was injured last week while playing in the entrance to a …

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Larry Romanoff (2019-10-18). What is the Difference between Capitalism and Socialism? globalresearch.ca Some aspects of the American style of competition become more clear when placed in a broader context, in this case the underlying socio-economic system, so let's take a quick look at the difference between capitalism and socialism. For at least …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-10-18). No, Warren and Sanders Are Not the Same. commondreams.org Sanders has been calling himself a socialist for decades, and he most recently distinguished himself from Warren's self-proclaimed capitalist label in an interview. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-10-18). Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires? counterpunch.org Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed. More

Staff (2019-10-18). Headlines for October 18, 2019. democracynow.org Under U.S. Deal, Turkish Occupation of Northern Syria Continues; Ethnic Cleansing Feared, "We Do That All the Time": Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo over Ukraine, Ambassador Sondland Confirms Giuliani Pushed Ukraine Policy, Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign, U.S. to Host G7 at Trump Resort in Possible Violation of Constitution, Civilian Casualties Reach New High in Afghanistan, Corbyn Urges Labour Party Members to Reject New Brexit Deal, Chicago Teacher Strike Enters Second Day, NYC City Council Backs Plan to Close Rikers as Activists Call for No New Jails, Cuban Asylum Seeker Dies in Solitary Confinement in…

T.J. Coles (2019-10-18). Boris Johnson's Brexit "Betrayal": Elect a Clown, Expect a Pie in Your Face. counterpunch.org "We have a deal!", said the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, on 17th October, following intense negotiations with the UK. Juncker was referring to a new draft treaty on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (EU). But early reports suggest that British Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson has merely rehashed former PM Theresa May's disastrous More

Colin Todhunter (2019-10-18). Asia-Pacific Trade Deal: Trading Away Indian Agriculture? counterpunch.org On the back of Brexit, there are fears in the UK that a trade deal will be struck with Washington which will effectively lower food and environmental standards to those of the US. At the same time, it seems that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is being resurrected and could have a similar impact More

Johanna Ross (2019-10-18). Johnson Secures a Brexit Deal; but Does It Change Anything? globalresearch.ca In what has been deemed a boost for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a Brexit deal has finally been agreed with the EU, just a fortnight before the UK's planned withdrawal date of 31st October. It was unclear right …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-18). As Trump Downplays Attack on Kurds, Amnesty Details Turkish War Crimes and 'Utterly Callous Disregard for Civilian Life'. commondreams.org "Killing defenseless people in cold blood is utterly reprehensible and a blatant war crime," said Amnesty International secretary general Kumi Naidoo | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-18). Jill Stein Challenges Hillary Clinton to Debate After 'Russian Asset' Smear. commondreams.org "It's past time to give the American people the real debate they deserved in 2016." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-10-18). Blasts in Afghan Mosque Kill 62 as UN Says Violence Across Country Causing 'Unprecedented' Level of Civilian Casualties. commondreams.org "Civilian casualties are totally unacceptable, especially in the context of the widespread recognition that there can be no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-18). House Democrats Demand Probe Into 'Suspicious' Stock Trades Surrounding Economy-Shifting Statements by Trump. commondreams.org "Multiple large trades, resulting in billions in profit, occurred shortly before geopolitical events or statements by the president of the United States that moved the markets significantly." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

susan_p (2019-10-18). Ecuador: Fuel subsidies restored but people's struggle continues. greenleft.org.au anti-austerity Jelena RuddIssue 1241 Ecuador Decree 883 IMF QuitoOctober 18, 2019In a victory for the social movement that brought Ecuador's capital,…

susan_p (2019-10-18). Danish Red-Green Alliance congress — Organising for climate and social justice. greenleft.org.au Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…

Fred_F (2019-10-18). Mining firms are making a killing. greenleft.org.au environment Sue BoltonIssue 1241 Australia miningOctober 18, 2019Australian mining companies are making a killing in Africa — literally. | Between 2004-15, Australian-listed mining companies were linked to more than 380 mine-related deaths in several African countries, acco…

Churchill Club (2019-10-18). Data-Driven Insights for Meaningful Climate Solutions. indybay.org Computer History Museum | 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard | Mountain View, CA 94043…

Revolution Books (2019-10-18). Hong Kong! Discussion on the mass protests & 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. indybay.org REVOLUTION BOOKS | 2444 Durant Ave. | Berkeley, CA 94704…

IFCSS (2019-10-18). Marxism and the National Question – the Case of Kashmir. indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609…

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-10-18). Sharon Tennison's Closer Look at Russia. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…

Shut Down Nazi Metal (2019-10-18). Nazi metal fest happening this weekend (Oct 18-20) in Oakland! indybay.org ALERT: Oakland venues Elbo Room and Oakland Metro are hosting a black metal festival with neo-Nazi ties called Never Surrender this weekend Oct 18 – 20. Never Surrender (formerly called Nuclear War Now Fest) is organized by labels known for distributing Nazi metal: Iron Bonehead Productions and Nuclear War Now! Productions. The lineup for Never Surrender includes bands known to have Nazi associations such as Black Witchery, Bone Awl, Volahn, and Blue Hummingbird On The Left. | More info: nsbmboneheads.wordpress.com/

Staff (2019-10-18). Why I Can't Get Excited About Impeaching Trump. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Chicago Reader. | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for asking Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. I get that there is a strong desire for many Americans to be rid of what they see as the national nightmare of Trump's presidency. But I urge caution for several reasons. | First, this impeachment inquiry will not succeed in getting rid of Trump. To win, a super…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-18). Ocasio-Cortez nails why Trump's latest pact is so utterly disturbing. thecanary.co On 17 October, the US announced a highly controversial deal with Turkey that would supposedly see Turkish-led invaders suspend their attacks on northern Syria (aka Rojava). The condition was essentially that the largely-Kurdish communities of Rojava would have to stop resisting and leave their homes behind. Turkey would then move other people into the area to replace them (as it previousl…

The Canary (2019-10-18). Extinction Rebellion climate protester scales Big Ben scaffolding. thecanary.co An Extinction Rebellion protester has scaled the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben and draped two banners from the structure.Footage of the stunt circulated on social media showed the climber, who appeared to be dressed as Boris Johnson complete with a blond wig, shirt, tie and jacket.A spokesperson for the group said the climber was 42-year-old tree surgeon Ben Atkinson.He said Atkinson was climbing the tower to "highlight Government inaction on the climate and ecological emergency".The protester, who was also wearing green leggings, draped two signs carrying the group's slogans.The protester scaled the scaffoldin…

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Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …
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'Queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption': Tulsi Gabbard DRAGS Hillary Clinton after 'Russian asset' claim
rt.com | 2019-10-18
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a 'concerted campaign' to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain." | "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we…
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Forward! A Week of Protest in Catalonia
Chris Gilbert | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
This week in Catalonia the harsh sentences bestowed on the organizers of a 2017 referendum have sparked a wave of protests, breathing new life into the region's independence movement. The new scenario might also open a space for the leftist independentist groups to push forward a program that combines Catalan independence with social transformation. On…
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Contradictory US/Turkey Ceasefire in Northern Syria. Turkey is Playing the US and Russia Cards Simultaneously
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
On Thursday in Ankara, Turkish President Erdogan met with Mike Pence and Pompeo, a joint statement by both sides issued following talks. See below. | Trump regime hardliners want their imperial agenda in Syria continued, notably aiming to undermine Russian efforts …
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Is Trump More Concerned With Erdoğan Relationship Than With Kurdish Lives?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
After meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara on Thursday, Turkish officials agreed to temporarily pause Turkey's invasion of the Rojava autonomous region in northeast Syria in exchange for the lifting of U.S. sanctions. While the agreement may prevent further bloodshed and blunt a growing humanitarian crisis, it represents a victory for Turkey's authoritarian president and a setback for Syrian Kurdish militias that allied with the United States in the fight against ISIS. | The Syrian D…
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Syrian Army Entered Ayn al-Arab at the Borders with Turkey
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The Syrian Arab Army is deploying at Ayn Al-Arab, the tip of the Syrian northern borders with Turkey, its vanguards arriving in Raqqa, the city which US forces obliterated quite deliberately and claimed it had been liberated it from its …
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Media Alarmed by Imaginary US Pullout From Syria
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-10-18
by Gregory Shupak | President Donald Trump's modification of the US's Syria policy has generated a torrent of confusion, so it's worth reviewing the record. | White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced on October 6: Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria . The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial "Caliphate," will no longer be in the immediate area. | The stateme…
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"Meltdown": Trump defends Syria withdrawal as house votes 354 to 60 to condemn his actions
Nermeen Shaikh | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish …
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US claims "ceasefire" deal in Turkey's invasion of Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-18
After US Vice President Pence and Turkish President Erdogan met Thursday, Turkish officials bragged that Ankara got everything it wanted.
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Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. – Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. (Photo: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US-Greece-US: Lines Being Drawn by the U.S. in the Eastern Mediterranean, against Turkey and Russia?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Greek-U.S. relations have entered "a new era" with U.S. Secretary of State stating earlier this month that he has "come to Greece to expand the partnership that's already at the best level it has ever been." He followed up this …
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Khury Petersen-Smith on Turkey & the Kurds, Alex Vitale on the Purpose of Policing
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-10-18
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The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye"
Brian Terrell | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle sits after shortly landing Nov. 12, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US-Turkey Frictions Raise Doubts About Nukes at Turk Base
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-18
It is almost an open secret that the U.S. has as many as 50 B-61 bombs stored under heavy guard in southern Turkey.
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US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of Isis
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-18
There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media's framing of Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to like Trump or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the sudden departure of US forces from northern Syria to …
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It's Curtains for US in Syria. Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and …
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Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The United States of America emerged victorious from the Second World War, and came out stronger than any other country in the world. The allies- notably the Soviet Union- won the war but emerged much weaker. They needed to reconstruct …
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Foreign Correspondent: Trump Dumps Kurds as the Empire Crumbles
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-10-18
They say politics makes strange bedfellows. So does war.
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The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos
Brandon Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
For many years now I have focused a considerable amount of analysis on the subject of Syria, with an emphasis on the country's importance to the global elites as a kind of geopolitical detonator; the first domino in a …
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The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
"Moscow and Damascus have always maintained they are against any form of partition or illegal foreign presence in Syria." | Moscow has managed to maintain contacts with all parties in the conflict, even in spite of its stance against partition and …
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US Military Unlikely to Withdraw from Eastern Syria and Its Oil Fields
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. | According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won't …
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Pressing Done Here: Syria, Iraq and "Informed Discussion"
Daniel Beaumont | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Yes, Iraq too again. Innocent Iraqis, most of them young, are being shot and killed now by the hundreds as they protest the corruption and incompetence of the current government. The title of Patrick Cockburn's last article about Iraq is "Iraq is in Revolt" (CounterPunch, October 7, 2019). The US "liberation" of Iraq in 2003…
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Peace Restored in Ecuador, But is trust?
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
After ten people were reported killed on the streets of Ecuador, together with about 2,000 people injured and a large number imprisoned, an agreement was reached between the Lenin Moreno government and protesters against a controversial Decree 883 that had the footprint of the neoliberal austerity policies of the IMF. For the time being the…
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Ecuador — The Fight Against Moreno and the IMF Is Far from Over
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
In Ecuador, the fight against IMF austerity measures is far from over. Just a few hours after my article was published on Sunday, 13 October, Ecuador — and the IMF's Killing Spree — President Lenin Moreno declared the infamous Decree …
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Death, Bloodshed, and Misery in Yemen
Kathy Kelly | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Writing about his visit to the world's largest weapons bazaar, held in London in October, journalist Arron Merat describes reading the slogan emblazoned above Raytheon's stall: "Strike With Creativity." Raytheon manufactures Paveway laser-guided bombs–produced in factories in the United States …
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Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that…
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Biden Accuses Sanders and Warren of "Playing Trump's Game" With Medicare for All
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
Speaking to reporters during a campaign event in Ohio on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden accused Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — his two top rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — of "playing Trump's game and trying to con the American people" by supporting Medicare for All. | "I mean, look, I don't want to pick on Elizabeth Warren, but this is ridiculous," Biden said. "The idea that someone is going to be able to go out and spend what tur…
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2020 Democrats Are Burning Cash Faster Than They Can Raise It
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
As the Democratic presidential field narrows, some of the top-tier candidates remain strong in fundraising while others struggle to garner enough support to stay in the game, Tuesday's quarterly filings show. | Having sworn off high-dollar fundraisers, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the two frontrunners
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Leading 2020 Democrats want to get money out of politics — here's how they plan to do it
Karl Evers-Hillstrom and Yue Stella Yu | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
Following Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) plan to bar corporate money from federal politics, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) each proposed overhauls to federal election rules early this week ahead of the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night. The three Democratic frontrunners each say they want to radically change the current campaign finance system. The proposals …
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The Antidote to Trump's Corrupt G7 Deal? Impeachment and Conviction
Robert Weissman | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes an appearance prior to the start of play during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Impeachment crisis: Mulvaney admits guilt but says "get over it"
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
WASHINGTON–Trump's approach now is to brazenly admit to almost everything he has been charged with and hope that by doing so people will think there was no "secret" conspiracy and that even clearly illegal acts are therefore "ok" because "everyone does them." In the latest revelation of potential "treason, bribery and other high crimes and …
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Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps
Ashley Smith | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would…
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The Eurozone In Crisis? New President of the European Central Bank (ECB) has a Criminal Record. Christine Lagarde
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Lagarde was found "guilty" without the enforcement of a one year prison sentence. She was accused of "negligence" rather than "complicity" in a multimillion euro fraud. She was rewarded rather than penalized.
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No birds allowed in this nuclear apocalypse: US Navy 'doomsday' aircraft grounded by bird strike
rt.com | 2019-10-18
A Navy "doomsday" aircraft designed to be used as a command center in a nuclear war was knocked out of commission — by a bird, which caused over $2 million in damages when it was sucked into an engine during a test flight. | …
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Canadian election: How long can Trudeau's Liberals wear a left disguise?
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
TORONTO–Justin Trudeau won in 2015 on a left-leaning platform filled with pledges to tax the rich, make elections more democratic, and save the world from climate change. But four years, a number of scandals, and several broken promises later, it's getting harder for his Liberal Party to make Canadians think it's the modern progressive force …
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Nuclear Weapons are an Existential Threat
Olivia Alperstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
There's a growing awareness now that climate change is an existential threat to humanity. Inspiring movements are demanding solutions, and politicians are scrambling to offer them. That's good. But there's another existential threat that gets a lot less attention: nuclear war. And a new study suggests it's time to pay attention — and eliminate nuclear…
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G7 summit at Trump's Miami resort: Climate change "not on the agenda"
Olivia Rosane | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney made two controversial announcements about the 2020 Group of Seven (G7) summit: it will be hosted at one of President Donald Trump's golf resorts in Miami and it won't feature any discussion of the climate crisis. "Climate change will not be on the agenda," Mulvaney told reporters, as The Guardian reported. Mulvaney's …
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Trump as the "Anti-War" President: on Misinformation in American Political Discourse
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
It is a great propaganda victory for Donald Trump that he has managed to sell himself as "anti-war." Broadly speaking, Trump has no anti-war bona fides to draw upon. He's torn up the Iran agreement, while threatening war in its place. He's threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea. Trump has presided over consistent increases in spending for the American warfare state. And he's engaged in more drone strikes than Obama up to this point in both presidencies. Trump has put forward no timetable for the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He's continued for more than two years the U.S. military presenc…
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LeBron 'scandal' over Hong Kong comments shows depth of anti-China psychosis
Ian Goodrum | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
A measured answer to a loaded question. We don't get enough of them these days. LeBron James of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers demonstrated tact and thoughtfulness when he broke his silence on Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests, lodging no opinion on the protests themselves and calling …
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Honduran President's Brother Found Guilty of Drug Trafficking
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-18
A New York Federal Court on Friday found Juan Antonio Hernandez (aka Tony), the brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH), guilty of charges of drug trafficking, use of weapons and lying to authorities. | RELATED: | Honduras President's Brother Allegedly Sold Drugs to Drug Dealer | During this trial President JOH was denounced by…
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Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we…
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Syracuse, N.Y. says: 'Close the Camps' with people's power
Minnie Bruce Pratt | workers.org | 2019-10-18
"Up, up with liberation! Down, down with deportation!" rang out Oct. 11 as more than 75 people marched through the streets of downtown Syracuse, N.Y. They were responding to a national call for Close the Camps actions that day to "Stop the war on immigrants, Indigenous peoples and refugees!" At . . . | Continue reading Syracuse, N.Y. says: 'Close the Camps' with people's power at Workers.org
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Why is the Trump Administration Trying to Tear This 26-Year-Old DACA Recipient Away From Her Child?
Naureen Shah | aclu.org | 2019-10-18
Anahi Jaquez –Estrada is scared. As soon as Monday, she may be deported to a country she hardly knows: away from her 8-year-old daughter and her husband, both of whom are United States citizens. She has lived in the U.S. almost her entire life and is in the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident. Her story is at once exceptionally tragic and a paradigmatic example of how our immigration legal system is failing — and tearing families apart. | I met Anahi in late July at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention site in Aurora, Colorado, where she has spent the last year and a…
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Trump Administration's Denials of H-1B Visas Are Being Overturned at Record Rate
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
This story is part of a collaboration with Mother Jones. | Since 2017, as part of its efforts to "hire American," the Trump administration has been aggressively denying applications for H-1B visas. Yet a record number of those denials have been overturned on appeal, suggesting that the administration has been wrongfully rejecting qualified applicants for these coveted visas for high-skilled immigrants. | While President Donald Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants has grabbed public…
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First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity
Marco Terrugi | workers.org | 2019-10-18
The following is based on a slightly modified translation by Resumen Latinoamericano, published Sept. 21. The First International Women's Congress for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, held in Caracas [Sept. 19-21], assembled representatives of 110 organizations from 23 countries from all over the world. The proposal and plans for the . . . | Continue reading First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity at Workers.org
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Activists Mount "Sick-In" To Highlight Pollution in Chile
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-18
Greenpeace activists and residents of communities suffering from industrial pollution created a mock hospital ward outside the Chilean presidential palace on Thursday to demand that the government commit to shutting down coal-fired power plants by 2030. | RELATED: | Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished | About 20 people were lying in hospital beds, hooked up to oxygen tanks and covered by sheets "stained" with pollution. | The aim of the…
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Greta the Disturber
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Greta Thunberg has become an international figure. The sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist has gone from a lonely student skipping school on Fridays to protest for more action on global warming to being nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Greta has become a global player. The New York City Board of Education officially excused over…
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Following terrorist attack in Germany, Jewish community strongly criticises police intervention in Halle
wsws.org | 2019-10-18
The fact remains that the injured terrorist was able to escape in a car even though the police units were armed and had blocked the road.
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Massive Blast Kills 62 People in Eastern Afghanistan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-18
Blasts in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers killed at least 62 men who had gathered for worship, local officials said. | RELATED: | Afghanistan Election-Related Violence Left 85 Dead: UN Report | Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said there were multiple blasts from explosives placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. | The roof of the mosque had completely fallen in. | Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the…
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US and China "Trade" War?
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-18
It is very popular these days to talk and write about the "trade war" between the United States and China. But is there really one raging? Or is what we are witnessing simply a clash of political and ideological systems: one being extremely successful and optimistic, the other depressing, full of dark cynicism and nihilism? …
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US-China "Trade" War? No Way. Only the Defeat of Turbo-Capitalism!
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
It is very popular these days to talk and write about the "trade war" between the United States and China. But is there really one raging? Or is it, what we are witnessing, simply a clash of political and ideological …
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Yearning to Breathe Free
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
On October 8 there were two appalling reports about the plight of the Afghan people. One was that in September the US Air Force dropped more bombs and fired more missiles in Afghanistan than in any other month for ten years. The other concerned an investigation by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan which concluded that the massive…
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Trump Can't Survive Where the Bats and Moonlight Laugh
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
During the Trump presidency there has been much talk about the lack of civility–the nature of discourse infecting the nation. There is a surreal sensation to it–that this is somehow new, but the only thing new about it is that the naked hate is just a bit more evident now. Are there more raging racists…
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"Grim Positivism" vs. Truthiness in Biography
M. G. Piety | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Clare Carlisle took exception to my review in the Times Literary Supplement of her biography of Kierkegaard ("Alone for dinner" TLS 4 October 2019). She accused me in a letter to the editor in the next edition of being either…
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Cross-eyed, Fanged and Horned
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Almost 700 years ago, as many people in Europe were trying to climb out of the squalor of so-called feudalism, Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted a series of frescos in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena which included two allegorical representations of how government can operate. One allegory represented good government and its effects on the land and…
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Where is "Line Worker Barbie"?
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Mattel executives say they're worried about girls developing "self-limiting beliefs," resulting in a "dream gap" with boys. So the giant toymaker rolled out an extensive line of "Career Dolls," including Barbie pilots, firefighters, and robotic engineers, to inspire its young patrons. But there's one career you won't find in this line: the typical working woman…
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The PR Campaign to Hide the Real Cause of those Sky-High Surprise Medical Bills
Eileen Appelbaum | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Most people assume that if they are treated at a hospital in their insurance network, the doctors they see will accept their insurance. But that's not always the case. Since 2010, an increasing number of hospitals have outsourced their emergency rooms, radiology, anesthesiology, and other specialized services to physician staffing firms. Patients who need these…
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The Centrism of Elizabeth Warren
Christopher Fons — Conor McMullen | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The mainstream media, and elite opinion, seem to be coming to a consensus on who's going to be the next president of the United States and they seem to be breaking for Elizabeth Warren. Warren was given by far the most speaking time at CNN's most recent debate and the overall treatment of her in…
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Extorting Ukraine is Bad Enough But Trump Has Done Much Worse
Rebecca Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Recently a friend who follows the news a bit less obsessively than I do said, "I thought George W. Bush was bad, but it seems like Donald Trump is even worse. What do you think?" "Well," I replied, "in terms of causing death and destruction, I suspect Bush still has the edge." In fact, the…
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The Fight to Overturn the Latest Corporate Coup at Pacifica Has Only Begun
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Crisis is never far away at the Pacifica radio network, but it is now facing perhaps its worst crisis ever as a new "corporate coup" has, at least for now, shut down WBAI in New York City. Pacifica listeners and on-air hosts have successfully fought back against prior attacks on the progressive network, most notably…
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What's So Awful About Foreign Interference?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For…
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Journey to the Unknown Interior of (You)
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream It is not dying It is not dying Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void — The Beatles, "Tomorrow Never Knows" (1966), inspired by Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead I was recklessly musing about Julian…
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Trump on the March
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
"Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?" Elijah Cummings 1951-2019 "I, in my great and unmatched wisdom. .." "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart." — President Donald Trump tweets…
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The Birth of a New English State?
Mike Wayne | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The right's New Jerusalem: The birth of any new nation-state typically requires revolutionaries. And the British and Unionist Conservative Party is today the (perhaps surprising) political agent of a potentially new English nation-state. For this is not a Conservative party …
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Most Popular Articles This Week
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Serbia Is Surrendering to Greater Albania
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The geopolitical project of "Greater Albania" received unprecedented support from an extremely unlikely source after Serbia surprisingly surrendered to the policy of passport-free travel for its Albanian and Macedonian neighbors by 2021 as part of an entirely voluntarily initiative that …
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Contrary to Israeli Military Statement: 9 Year Old Child Abd a-Rahman Was Shot in the Head with Live Ammunition
B'Tselem | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
This article was originally published in July 2019. | B'Tselem investigation published today proves a soldier fired live ammunition, hitting 'Abd a-Rahman a-Shteiwi, 9, in the head. A-Shteiwi was injured last week while playing in the entrance to a …
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Democrat "Debate" Ignores War Crimes of the State
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Did you watch the Democrat debate? I didn't. I haven't had cable television and access to the alphabet propaganda networks for well over a decade. I suppose I could have watched it on the web, but why bother? The outcome …
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What is the Difference between Capitalism and Socialism?
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Some aspects of the American style of competition become more clear when placed in a broader context, in this case the underlying socio-economic system, so let's take a quick look at the difference between capitalism and socialism. For at least | …
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Universal Basic Income and the 2020 Election. Redistribution by Taxing the Rich
Richard C. Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
UBI promoter Andrew Yang may be the first candidate for president running under a major party banner to advocate it, but he is certainly not the first in history. | The idea of UBI has been around at least since Thomas …
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'I'm the Meryl Streep of generals!' Former Pentagon chief Mattis revels in Trump insult as #Resistance demands dirt
rt.com | 2019-10-18
Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis bragged President Donald Trump had called him "the most overrated general," comparing himself to similarly 'overrated' actress Meryl Streep, while the #Resistance clamored for more. | "I'm not just an overrated general. I'm the most overrated general," the former Pentagon chief boasted during the keynote speech at the Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Thursday. "I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress." | So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me. | Warmi…
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Hate the president, buy our pants? Sportswear brand tries to cash in on an ad showing Trump TIED-UP
rt.com | 2019-10-18
Not only do they fit snug and look great, yoga pants are apparently now the latest front in the US' culture-war. One enterprising firm is selling its pants with a picture depicting a feminist hog-tying President Donald Trump. | The image, entitled 'Lady Liberty' and reportedly erected over New York's Times Square, shows model and Marine Corps veteran Michal Mesa screaming into the face of a Trump likeness, while tying POTUS up with a red, white and blue rope. | Strange way to sell yoga pants and sports bras, but DHVANI, the company responsible, has apparently banked on turning Trump-hate into profit. Other…
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Potluck solidarity with striking GM workers
Workers World Philadelphia bureau | workers.org | 2019-10-18
Around 100 United Auto Workers' supporters gathered in Langhorne, Pa., at the General Motors Service Parts Operation warehouse on Oct. 13. Workers, both unionized and not, came from surrounding New Jersey and Pennsylvania cities and towns, some from as far away as Philadelphia to break bread and barbeque in a . . . | Continue reading Potluck solidarity with striking GM workers at Workers.org
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WATCH: Lady Gaga plunges off stage after leaping into fan's arms
rt.com | 2019-10-18
Pop performer Lady Gaga took a serious tumble off stage during her latest performance in Las Vegas. The singer had jumped into the arms of a fan when he lost his footing and the pair plummeted to the ground below. | Fans can be heard gasping and screaming in horror, fearing the worst for Gaga. | Though both appeared uninjured and retook the stage shortly afterwards, the fan, called Jack, was visibly distraught. "Everything's ok," Lady Gaga said after getting back on her feet and looking for a way back onto the stage, before telling Jack, "it's not your fault." | She even joked that she'd "be very upset" if…
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Boeing in more trouble over messages 'misleading' FAA about 737 MAX problems — reports
rt.com | 2019-10-18
Text messages between two Boeing employees implying they "lied to the regulators" about problems with the safety software of 737 MAX passenger jets have been reportedly given to investigators, as the planes remain out of service. | The exchanges from 2016 between MAX chief technical pilot Mark Forkner and another unnamed pilot at Boeing are now with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to documents seen by Reuters. | The FAA is said to have found the information "concerning" and is reviewing it "to determine what action is appropriate." FAA Administrator Steve Dickson also wrote to Boeing CEO Dennis…
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No, Warren and Sanders Are Not the Same
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Sanders has been calling himself a socialist for decades, and he most recently distinguished himself from Warren's self-proclaimed capitalist label in an interview. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump's Withdrawal From Forever War Is Just Another Con
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-18
If the president is truly committed to bringing our troops home, why has he increased their presence across the Greater Middle East?
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Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires?
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed.
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Boris Johnson's Brexit "Betrayal": Elect a Clown, Expect a Pie in Your Face
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
"We have a deal!", said the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, on 17th October, following intense negotiations with the UK. Juncker was referring to a new draft treaty on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (EU). But early reports suggest that British Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson has merely rehashed former PM Theresa May's disastrous…
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Asia-Pacific Trade Deal: Trading Away Indian Agriculture?
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
On the back of Brexit, there are fears in the UK that a trade deal will be struck with Washington which will effectively lower food and environmental standards to those of the US. At the same time, it seems that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is being resurrected and could have a similar impact…
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Johnson Secures a Brexit Deal; but Does It Change Anything?
Johanna Ross | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
In what has been deemed a boost for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a Brexit deal has finally been agreed with the EU, just a fortnight before the UK's planned withdrawal date of 31st October. It was unclear right …
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As Trump Downplays Attack on Kurds, Amnesty Details Turkish War Crimes and 'Utterly Callous Disregard for Civilian Life'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
"Killing defenseless people in cold blood is utterly reprehensible and a blatant war crime," said Amnesty International secretary general Kumi Naidoo | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Jill Stein Challenges Hillary Clinton to Debate After 'Russian Asset' Smear
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
"It's past time to give the American people the real debate they deserved in 2016." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Blasts in Afghan Mosque Kill 62 as UN Says Violence Across Country Causing 'Unprecedented' Level of Civilian Casualties
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
"Civilian casualties are totally unacceptable, especially in the context of the widespread recognition that there can be no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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House Democrats Demand Probe Into 'Suspicious' Stock Trades Surrounding Economy-Shifting Statements by Trump
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
"Multiple large trades, resulting in billions in profit, occurred shortly before geopolitical events or statements by the president of the United States that moved the markets significantly." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Ecuador: Fuel subsidies restored but people's struggle continues
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
anti-austerity Jelena RuddIssue 1241 Ecuador Decree 883 IMF QuitoOctober 18, 2019In a victory for the social movement that brought Ecuador's capital,…
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Danish Red-Green Alliance congress — Organising for climate and social justice
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…
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Mining firms are making a killing
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
environment Sue BoltonIssue 1241 Australia miningOctober 18, 2019Australian mining companies are making a killing in Africa — literally. | Between 2004-15, Australian-listed mining companies were linked to more than 380 mine-related deaths in several African countries, acco…
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Data-Driven Insights for Meaningful Climate Solutions
Churchill Club | indybay.org | 2019-10-18
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Hong Kong! Discussion on the mass protests & 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2019-10-18
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Marxism and the National Question – the Case of Kashmir
IFCSS | indybay.org | 2019-10-18
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Sharon Tennison's Closer Look at Russia
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-10-18
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Nazi metal fest happening this weekend (Oct 18-20) in Oakland!
Shut Down Nazi Metal | indybay.org | 2019-10-18
ALERT: Oakland venues Elbo Room and Oakland Metro are hosting a black metal festival with neo-Nazi ties called Never Surrender this weekend Oct 18 – 20. Never Surrender (formerly called Nuclear War Now Fest) is organized by labels known for distributing Nazi metal: Iron Bonehead Productions and Nuclear War Now! Productions. The lineup for Never Surrender includes bands known to have Nazi associations such as Black Witchery, Bone Awl, Volahn, and Blue Hummingbird On The Left. | More info: nsbmboneheads.wordpress.com/
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Why I Can't Get Excited About Impeaching Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-18
This piece originally appeared on Chicago Reader. | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for asking Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. I get that there is a strong desire for many Americans to be rid of what they see as the national nightmare of Trump's presidency. But I urge caution for several reasons. | First, this impeachment inquiry will not succeed in getting rid of Trump. To win, a super…
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Ocasio-Cortez nails why Trump's latest pact is so utterly disturbing
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-18
On 17 October, the US announced a highly controversial deal with Turkey that would supposedly see Turkish-led invaders suspend their attacks on northern Syria (aka Rojava). The condition was essentially that the largely-Kurdish communities of Rojava would have to stop resisting and leave their homes behind. Turkey would then move other people into the area to replace them (as it previousl…
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Extinction Rebellion climate protester scales Big Ben scaffolding
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-18
An Extinction Rebellion protester has scaled the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben and draped two banners from the structure.Footage of the stunt circulated on social media showed the climber, who appeared to be dressed as Boris Johnson complete with a blond wig, shirt, tie and jacket.A spokesperson for the group said the climber was 42-year-old tree surgeon Ben Atkinson.He said Atkinson was climbing the tower to "highlight Government inaction on the climate and ecological emergency".The protester, who was also wearing green leggings, draped two signs carrying the group's slogans.The protester scaled the scaffoldin…
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UK higher education must be decolonised, students warn
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-18
UK universities are "a product of colonialism" and action is still needed to challenge "racist structures" in institutions, students have warned.In a plan setting out its priorities for the future, the National Union of Students says that some parts of UK higher education "have propagated systems that assure white privilege" and that the system must be "decolonised".Universities have recognised there is a need to dismantle these systems, the union said, but more needs to be done to create a "truly liberated education".The call comes at a time of a number of campaigns. Some have focused on calling for individual u…
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Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military.
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Blast at Afghan Mosque Kills 62 at Prayer
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-18
The violence comes a day after a United Nations report said that Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country's increasingly brutal war.
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Anti-Semitism 'toxic to democracy', UN expert warns, calling for better education
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
To counter anti-Semitism, which is "toxic to democracy" and poses "a threat to all societies if left unaddressed", countries must invest more in education, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned, speaking at UN headquarters in New York.
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