Daily Archives: October 25, 2019

2019-10-25: News Headlines

Aaron Maté (2019-10-25). Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria. thegrayzone.com Amid outrage over Turkey's atrocities against Kurdish civilians northern Syria, Max Blumenthal discusses how some of the Syrian militias committing…

Heather Stroud (2019-10-25). Open Letter to PM Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Sajid Javid, and Kevin Hollinrake. dissidentvoice.org Dear Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Sajid Javid and Kevin Hollinrake, I feel compelled to write to you over my extreme concern regarding the health and well-being of Julian Assange. Please see the link below regarding the psychological torture that Julian Assange has been subjected to, both before leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy and since during his …

Al Burke (2019-10-25). Liberating Assange: A Woeful Lack of Leadership. globalresearch.ca For years there has been widespread and growing support for Julian Assange in many parts of the world. This I have learned from a variety of sources, including so-called alternative media, and queries addressed to me in consequence of my …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-25). She Deserves Our Support: Betty McCollum Wants US to Stop Subsidizing Torture of Palestinian Children. counterpunch.org In December 2018, 17-year-old Palestinian teen, Ayham Sabah, was sentenced by an Israeli military court to 35 years in prison for his alleged role in a stabbing attack targeting an Israeli soldier in an illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Sabah was only 14 years old when the alleged attack took place. Another alleged More

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-25). "Exporting Democracy" to Bolivia. globalresearch.ca On October 23rd, Bolivian president Evo Morales gave a press-conference in which he stated that a right-wing coup d'etat was underway in the country. With victory practically assured in the first round of the presidential election, the returning incumbent claimed …

Robert Fisk (2019-10-25). Beirut is Burning: Why I Don't Blame the Rioters. counterpunch.org I thought the days when I kicked burning tyres off roads had ended. I used to clear the road in Belfast in 1972. Then, often, I did the same in Beirut. But there I was yesterday, as my faithful driver Selim waited patiently for me to shake hands with the local militiaman and explain why More

Eds. (2019-10-25). There's something that's ours on those streets and we're going to take it back. mronline.org In Lebanon, it was a tax on the use of WhatsApp; in Chile, it was the rise in subway fares; in Ecuador and in Haiti, it was the cut in fuel subsidies. Each of these conjunctures brought people to the streets and then, as these people flooded the streets, more and more joined them. | Source

Forrest Hylton (2019-10-25). Colombia Diary: Higher Ed Under Threat. counterpunch.org Recent events in Chile and Ecuador reverberate throughout South America and indeed the world. Confronted with violent government repression, by insisting on reasoned argument, critical thinking, and mass direct action, non-violent student movements in South America offer hope at a time when authoritarianism threatens democratic citizenship worldwide. In Colombia, one of Washington's closest allies in More

teleSUR (2019-10-25). Colombia: Violence Against Social Leaders Remains Before Polls. telesurenglish.net So far seven candidates have been killed and another one has been kidnapped in Colombia, a country which is experiencing a new wave of political violence a few days before the municipal and regional elections will be held on October 27. | RELATED: | Ex-FARC Combatant Killed Ahead of Regional Elections | "Colombian regional elections have been marked by a strongly violent dynamic as 117 indigenous leaders and 7 candidates have been killed in 2019. In addition 137 former guerilla fighters…

Staff (2019-10-25). Barr Targets Trump's Enemies With Sham Investigation of Mueller's Russia Probe. truthout.org It looks like Attorney General William Barr is giving Donald Trump exactly what he wants: a sham inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation. | On Thursday, the New York Times reported the Department of Justice has converted what was an "administrative review" of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election to a "criminal inquiry." That s…

Staff (2019-10-25). Judge Hands Democrats a Victory in Impeachment Inquiry. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | In a ruling that also affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry itself, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered the department to turn over the materials by Oct. 30. A Justice Department spokeswoman said it was reviewing the decision. The administration can appeal. | The ruling in favor of the House Judiciary Committee…

Staff (2019-10-25). Violence Erupts in Northeast Syria After Trump Touts "Ceasefire" truthout.org Violence continued in the Rojava autonomous region in northeast Syria on Thursday, shortly after President Trump pledged that a ceasefire announced by Turkey would likely be "permanent." Russian warplanes raided rural areas while clashes erupted between various factions as Turkish-led forces appeared to push beyond the so-called "safe zone" patrolled by Turkey and Russia near the Turkey-Syria border, according to reports and observers on the ground. | "It doesn't feel like things are cleared up and done wi…

Staff (2019-10-25). Department of Justice Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Russia Probe. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has shifted its review of the Russia probe to a criminal investigation, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday, a move that is likely to raise concerns that President Donald Trump and his allies may be using the powers of the government to go after their opponents. | The revelation comes as Trump is already facing scrutiny about a potential abuse of power, including a House impeachment inquiry examining whether he withheld military aid in order to pressure the president of Ukraine to launch an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Sarah Abed (2019-10-25). Clashes in Northeastern Syria Put Turkish-Russian Memorandum at Risk. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, exactly two weeks after Ankara launched its cross border military operation "Operation Peace Spring", in northern Syria east of the Euphrates River, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi for …

RT (2019-10-25). Tulsi Gabbard ditches congressional race to focus on presidential — triggering #TulsiStein conspiracy theorists. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has abandoned her race for re-election in Hawaii to focus on securing her party's presidential nomination, kicking the 'Russian asset' conspiracy theorizing into high gear. | Gabbard announced on Friday that she would not seek re-election to Congress, declaring she would focus instead on the presidential race. Promising to "end our interventionist foreign policy of being the world's police, toppling dictators and governments we don't like, and redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home," she "humbly" asked her Hawaii consti…

Joseph Fitsanakis (2019-10-25). US Special Forces' Secrets Fall into Hands of Russians as Kurds Side with Syria. globalresearch.ca American defence officials with knowledge of Special Operations Forces activities in Syria are concerned that their secrets may fall into the hands of the Russians, as the Kurds switch their allegiance to the Moscow-backed Syrian government. | IntelNews reports that members …

South Front (2019-10-25). Video: How Russian-Turkish 'Safe Zone' Deal Shapes Course of Syrian Conflict. globalresearch.ca The military crisis in northeastern Syria started by the Turkish military offensive on Kurdish militias amid the US troops withdrawal deflated. | On October 23, Turkey, Russia and Syria started implementing the 'safe zone' agreement reached by Turkish President Recep Tayyip …

Max Parry (2019-10-25). The EU is Rewriting WWII History to Demonize Russia. dissidentvoice.org Last month, on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, the European Parliament voted on a resolution entitled "On the Importance of European Remembrance for the Future of Europe." The adopted document: 2. Stresses that the Second World War, the most devastating war in Europe's history, was started as an immediate result of the …

Staff (2019-10-25). 2019-10-25: News Headlines. syria.positiveuniverse.com October 18, 2019, show
Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria.
Hezbollah Leader Calls for Protesters to Meet with Government.
Lebanese President Vows to Meet with Protestes to Ease Tensions

Courage Foundation (2019-10-25). 'Unacceptable Practices' in the OPCW's Investigation of the Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria on April 7th 2018. globalresearch.ca The Courage Foundation convened a panel of concerned individuals from the fields of disarmament, international law, journalism, military operations, medicine and intelligence in Brussels on October 15th. The panel met with a member of the investigation team from …

Telesur (2019-10-25). Iraq Takes International Legal Action to Kick Unauthorized US Forces Out. globalresearch.ca Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said United States troops withdrawing from northeast Syria do not have permission to stay in Iraq, adding that his government is taking "all international legal measures" in response to their unauthorized entry into the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-25). US Reoccupation of Northern Syria? Turkish Aggression Halted? globalresearch.ca Time and again, things aren't as they seem, Trump's ordered withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria the latest example — saying one thing, then going another way, going along with his geopolitical team's permanent war agenda. | Commenting on the …

WSWS (2019-10-25). NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to call for new Middle East wars. wsws.org NATO officials began a two-day summit yesterday in Brussels, calling for new military escalation in the Middle East after the debacle of their eight-year war in Syria.

Staff (2019-10-25). Esper: U.S. Troops, Armored Vehicles Going to Syria Oil Fields. truthdig.com BRUSSELS — The U.S. will send armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to bolster defenses against a potential move by Islamic State militants on oil fields controlled by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. | Esper described the added force as "mechanized," which would likely means it will include tanks and other combat vehicles such as Bradley armored infantry carriers. This would introduce a new dimension to the U.S. military presence, wh…

Barrett Brown (2019-10-25). Trials and Tribulations with a Dead Press. counterpunch.org I have lived a life marked by many roles, some of them mutually exclusive. According to The Dallas Morning News, for instance, I'm an "investigative journalist whose prison sentence was derided by free press advocates", as well as an "Anonymous activist and award-winning journalist". Also according to the Dallas Morning News, I merely "describe[.. my]self More

Michael Doliner (2019-10-25). The NBA, China and Trump. counterpunch.org How about the hapless NBA? Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets basketball team, tweeted support for the rioters in Hong Kong. The United States is openly fomenting this often quite violent insurrection. I have no idea whether Mr. Morey knew of the beating of the journalist Fu Guohao or the involvement of American official Julie Eadeh in More

Janine Jackson (2019-10-25). 'There Are Noncoercive Solutions to Our Problems' – CounterSpin interview with Alex Vitale on the role of policing. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Brooklyn College's Alex Vitale about the role of policing for the October 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin; a portion of that interview was reaired on the October 18, 2019, show. This is a lightly edited transcript of the rebroadcast. | Media…

Pepe Escobar (2019-10-25). Burn, Neoliberalism, Burn. globalresearch.ca Neoliberalism is — literally — burning. And from Ecuador to Chile, South America, once again, is showing the way. Against the vicious, one-size-fits-all IMF austerity prescription, which deploys weapons of mass economic destruction to smash national sovereignty and foster social …

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (2019-10-25). MSM Denies 'Venezuela Treatment' to Rebellions in Chile and Ecuador. theantimedia.com Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, people are rising up against US-backed governments.

Joe Emersberger (2019-10-25). Ecuador's President Moreno Struggles to Buy Off Fake Leftists. counterpunch.org Ecuador's President Moreno was elected in 2017 by campaigning to continue Rafael Correa's leftist policies. Within weeks of taking office, he morphed into a right winger obsessed with inventing a public debt problem and outlawing Correa along with anyone who stayed loyal to him and his policies (Correaists). But a few weeks ago, things exploded when Moreno made his boldest move More

Staff (2019-10-25). The Indigenous Voices of Ecuador's General Strike. therealnews.com Massive protests forced President Moreno into a negotiation with indigenous opposition movements, which was broadcast on live TV. The leaders seemed to school the president and his ministers, and he eventually canceled the IMF-required austerity decree. We spoke to some of those leaders.

teleSUR (2019-10-25). Ecuador: Indigenous Organizations Propose a People's Parliament. telesurenglish.net The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) on Thursday convened to form a popular parliament so as to outline an economic model and present it to President Lenin Moreno. | RELATED: | Ecuadorean Gov't, CONAIE Discuss New Decree on Fuel Subsidies | "We invite Ecuadorean organizations to join the Peoples and Social Organizations' Par…

Eds. (2019-10-25). Whitewashing neoliberal repression in Chile and Ecuador. mronline.org If the first casualty of war is truth, its self-anointed purveyors in the international media have much blood on their hands indeed. | Source

Middle East Eye (2019-10-25). At Least 2 Dead, 350 Wounded as Major Anti-Government Protests Resume in Iraq. theantimedia.com Iraqi security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to repel crowds marching towards the Green Zone.

WSWS (2019-10-25). US military allowed to shoot at vehicles at entry ports along southern border. wsws.org Migrants at the US-Mexico border will be treated like suspected terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Staff (2019-10-25). Iraqi Police Fire Shots, Tear Gas at Protesters; 23 Killed. truthdig.com BAGHDAD — Iraqi police fired live shots into the air as well as rubber bullets and dozens of tear gas canisters Friday to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters, sending young demonstrators running for cover and enveloping a main bridge in the capital Baghdad with thick white smoke. Twenty-three protesters were killed and dozens were injured, security officials said. | The confrontations began early in the morning after anti-government demonstrations resumed, following a three-week hiatus. The protests began Oct. 1 over corruption, unemployment and lack of basic services but quickly turned deadly…

Tim Libretti (2019-10-25). Who (besides the rich) actually thinks wealth taxes are a bad idea? peoplesworld.org The wealth taxes Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed continue to provoke the malice of Wall Street, corporate Democrats, and now even other Democratic candidates running for president. As I have written in People's World (here and here), the intensity of the energy devoted to this criticism, combined with the lack of …

Thomas Knapp (2019-10-25). Impeachment: Trump Has Already Confessed to "High Crimes" counterpunch.org Every time a witness testifies behind closed doors in the US House of Representatives' methodical march toward the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Trump supporters scream "no quid pro quo" while Trump opponents breathlessly inform us that the "smoking gun" has turned up and that impeachment is now "inevitable." What's with all this "smoking gun" More

Joseph Natoli (2019-10-25). The Dialogue of Divisiveness. counterpunch.org "If we tell that story [that the president committed an impeachable offense] with simplicity and repetition, the American people will understand why the president must be held accountable." — Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 22, 2019 "The only real connective tissue I see is the almost preternatural isolationist impulse that More

teleSUR (2019-10-25). Over 1 Million People March in Chile's Largest Protest. telesurenglish.net About one million people are marching in the streets of the Chilean capital, responding to the convocation of students and labor unions who organized on social media "The Largest March in Chile" on Friday afternoon, with rallies paralyzing major cities. | RELATED: | Chile Unrest: Rights Groups Warn of Dictatorship-Like Practices | The march started between 5-6 p.m., local time, from the Plaza Italia, demanding among others the government to send back the Armed Forces to their m…

Jared Bernstein, Dean Baker (2019-10-25). Blame the Economic Policies, Not the Robots. counterpunch.org The claim that automation is responsible for massive job losses has been made in almost every one of the Democratic debates. In the last debate, technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang told of automation closing stores on Main Street and of self-driving trucks that would shortly displace "3.5 million truckers or the 7 million Americans who work More

Staff (2019-10-25). The Military Industrial Complex Has Won. truthdig.com When Americans think of militarism, they may imagine jackbooted soldiers goose-stepping through the streets as flag-waving crowds exult; or, like our president, they may think of enormous parades featuring troops and missiles and tanks, with warplanes soari…

James Haslam (2019-10-25). Can the Next President Deliver a New Social Contract for Our Survival? commondreams.org Activist outside the Congress demanding a vote to pass ' The Green New Deal'. The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon at 4: 00 PM to begin debate on a sweeping resolution to combat climate change, the Green New Deal, which was introduced by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey. Washington, D.C. March 26, 2019. (Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-10-25). ExxonMobil Faces Another Lawsuit: Massachusetts Sues for Climate Deception. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Derek Royden (2019-10-25). Uprisings: From climate to austerity, autumn protests engulf the world. nationofchange.org Solving the climate crisis with ambitious policy programs like Green New Deals might help to alleviate some of the suffering caused by the austerity that is breaking the backs of working people in rich and poor countries alike.

Staff (2019-10-25). Jane Fonda: Put Oil and Gas Executives on Trial. therealnews.com Before she got arrested at her weekly #FireDrillFriday demonstration, Jane Fonda told TRNN's Dharna Noor that she tried to get Netflix to give her a yearlong hiatus from Grace and Frankie to continue protesting climate inaction.

Staff (2019-10-25). Human Actions Fueling California's Devastating Wildfires. therealnews.com Tens of thousands have been forced to flee wildfires across the state of California. Human actions, including climate change, are responsible, argues Professor Matthew Hurteau.

teleSUR (2019-10-25). Hezbollah Leader Calls for Protesters to Meet with Government. telesurenglish.net Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday that nationwide protests could push the country into chaos, collapse and, "God forbid", civil war. | RELATED: | Lebanese President Vows to Meet with Protestes to Ease Tensions | Supporters of Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed group with widespread influence in Lebanon, meanwhile scuffled with anti-government protesters who have been on the streets for days, angered by corruption and the near collapse of the econom…

commondreams (2019-10-25). NIAC Statement on Increased U.S. Restrictions on Humanitarian Trade with Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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Dr. Kiyul Chung (2019-10-25). 2019 Global Peace Forum on Korea — "Making Connections: Global Challenges, Korea, and Peaceful Coexistence" globalresearch.ca On September 28, 2019 Global Peace Forum on Korea (2019 GPFK), initially proposed by a nonprofit, educational organization, (21cir), was held throughout the day at Italian Academy of Columbia University in New York City …

Staff (2019-10-25). Seven Peace Activists Found Guilty of "Conspiracy" for Anti-Nuclear Protest. truthout.org In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, ea…

teleSUR (2019-10-25). NAM Summit: 'Venezuela Is Resisting And Overcoming', Maduro Says. telesurenglish.net At the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and announced that the U.S. economic and financial aggressions are as lethal as its armies. | RELATED: | President Maduro Arrives for Non-Aligned Movement in Azerbaijan | The Bolivarian leader said that "the new modes of international war are economic aggressions" against the most vulnerable population groups, a…

Stephen Corry (2019-10-25). A Deluge of Things: Von Humboldt, Leonardo and the Confounding of Nature. counterpunch.org Like Humboldt, Leonardo dissected, analyzed, and spent a great deal of time thinking about humans' role in nature. He grasped the similarities between the anatomies of people and animals. He saw how long hair curled and swirled in a way curiously similar to the flow of water, clouds and wind. He probed reproduction, gender and its ambiguities, and pondered over what precisely changed when animal or plant succumbed to old age and death. How did it all fit? For Leonardo and his age the natural world was not distinct from the human, both were inextricably interconnected, as they are for many indigenous peoples today…

Jon Schwarz (2019-10-25). For Some Reason, We Can't Find a Single Leftist Mark Zuckerberg Invited to His Dinners With Pundits From "Across the Spectrum" theintercept.com We asked The Nation, Mother Jones, Jacobin, Black Agenda Report, Chapo Trap House, and more: They all said their invitation from the Facebook CEO never arrived.

Ralph Nader (2019-10-25). Excluding the Civic Community Excludes Life-Savers. counterpunch.org The lawmakers are doing it. The candidates are doing it. The mass media are doing it. All are excluding from their arenas the leading citizen groups as never before, since the early nineteen sixties. The nonprofit national advocacy/research organizations that led the way for social reforms are being shut out of the political process. These More

RT (2019-10-25). Subscription war on 'fake news': WaPo, NYT ousted from White House, federal agencies told to follow lead. rt.com Trump has unleashed an unprecedented attack on the free media (or shown fake news its place) – depending on which side you're on – by cancelling White House subscriptions to the WaPo and NYT, telling federal agencies to do so too.

Julie Hollar (2019-10-25). Fretting About Progressives' 'Electability,' Establishment Dems Are Really Worried About Their Power in the Party. fair.org by Julie Hollar | With Joe Biden struggling as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, a surging Elizabeth Warren has begun to emerge as the party establishment's new bogeyman—and corporate media are ready and willing to transmit insiders' panicked calls for new "moderate" entrants to the race. | On the same day earlier this week, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran twin articles:…

Ron Jacobs (2019-10-25). The Essence of War. counterpunch.org Many US teenage boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s grew up wondering if they would end up in the jungles of Vietnam when they reached draft age. Some could hardly wait to go fight in their idealized version of honor and glory. Some knew by the time they were sixteen that they would More

RT (2019-10-25). 'It was meant to happen that way,' says driver who saved family from getting MOWED DOWN in viral VIDEO'. rt.com An Arizona woman has told reporters that she doesn't consider herself to be a hero after her car successfully redirected a red-light-running Jeep that was mere seconds away from hitting a family of three on a crosswalk. | The Phoenix Police Department posted dramatic video of the incident earlier this week. | A couple was calmly crossing the road on their way to a grocery store, while pushing a stroller with their 11-month-old son. A speeding SUV ran a red light, and was heading straight for the couple. The vehicle would have likely mowed down the entire family if it wasn't for a Chevrolet Cruze that collided…

Henry Giroux (2019-10-25). Rethinking the Looming Threat of Neoliberal Fascism. counterpunch.org The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic. —Philip Roth, The Plot Against America Talk of a fascist politics emerging in the United States and in the rise of right-wing populist movements across the globe is often criticized as a naive exaggeration or a misguided historical More

Staff (2019-10-25). Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote? therealnews.com Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.

Christopher Brauchli (2019-10-25). Fun, Games and American Priorities. counterpunch.org It was all in good fun It took place for trump supporters the weekend of October 14, 2019, at the Trump National Doral Miami. That was the trump owned resort that was to be the site of the G-7 meeting in 2020, until it wasn't. It had been selected by trump for the meeting of More

Paul Buhle (2019-10-25). Chicago Cops: The Torture Machine, Unending. counterpunch.org The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago. By Flint Taylor. Chicago: Haymarket, 2019. 541pp. $27. The first thing to understand about this important book is the author. Flint Taylor is a Chicago-based civil liberties lawyer of long standing, founding partner in the People's Law Office, and a dogged opponent of Red Squad-style behavior. More

George Wuerthner (2019-10-25). Fire and Logging Myths. counterpunch.org MYTH: FUEL BUILD UP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LARGE BLAZES? A conventional narrative is that wildfires in the western U.S. are unprecedented and more extensive than in the past. This increase in fire acreage is attributed to "fuel build-up," presumed to be the result of successful fire suppression. However, such assertions lack context. Compared to the More

RT (2019-10-25). George Soros says all his 'enemies' are wannabe dictators as he drops unprecedented wads of lobbying cash. rt.com In the world of billionaire financier George Soros, his critics are "would-be dictators" who will not succeed. Meanwhile, under Trump, the Open Society founder has been pouring greater sums into lobbying than ever before. | "I'm very proud of the enemies I have," he told the New York Times in an interview published Friday, in which he confidently predicted the popular opposition to his globalist philosophy was winding down and that a backlash against Trump-style nationalism was on the horizon. | It's a perfect way to tell a dictator or a would-be dictator, if he identifies me as an enemy. | Soros slammed the U…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-10-25). The Neoliberal Ghost of Pinochet Is Finally Being Exorcised from Chile. globalresearch.ca More than 46 years of initially military imposed neoliberalism has finally exploded into widespread frustration, protest and violence. This neoliberalism culminated in 2017 with twelve businessmen, among them Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, monopolizing at least 17% of the national …

Staff (2019-10-25). Chilean Protesters Report Sexual Assault by Military and Riot Police. truthout.org Content Warning: As mobilizations against the government continue in Chile, reports are surfacing of violence and sexual abuse against women involved in the protests. | In Chile over the last several days, multiple allegations were made by human rights and feminist organizations concerning beatings, abuses, and threats of rape against women participating in the protests and cacerolazos (demostrations in which protesters bang pots and pans). | In the wake of arrests and attacks on protesters, women ar…

Whitney Webb (2019-10-25). With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program. mintpressnews.com A recent memorandum authored by Attorney General William Barr announced a new "pre-crime" program inspired by "War on Terror" tactics and is set to be implemented next year.

Sarah Lahm (2019-10-25). Midwest Dispatch: Is Worthington, Minnesota, the Center of the Universe? progressive.org One Midwestern town finds itself divided over race stoked by the gentry to preserve their own wealth. But there is a glimmer of hope here, too.

Sarah Lahm (2019-10-25). Midwest Dispatch: Is Worthington, Minnesota, the Center of the Universe? progressive.org One Midwestern town finds itself in a race war stoked by the gentry to preserve their own wealth. But there is a glimmer of hope here, too.

Euan Gibb (2019-10-25). Class Struggle in Chile: President Piñera at War with His Own People. globalresearch.ca Chile has been held up for decades as South America's clearest example of the stability possible when neoliberal policies are adopted and implemented as if they were religious tenets. The country is now in a situation of open rebellion. This …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-25). Libra and Calibra, Facebook's Cryptocurrency Project: Mark Zuckerberg Appears Before US Congress. globalresearch.ca It was never going to be pretty. The Facebook CEO knew in appearing before the House Financial Services Committee to answer questions on the company's proposed cryptocurrency that a few sizeable bumps would appear. As it turned out, much of …

Eric Zuesse (2019-10-25). Biden Backer — Former Lockheed Leader — Convinces Joe Biden to Sell-Out. globalresearch.ca Bernard Schwartz, a former Vice Chairman and top investor in Lockheed Martin (which is by far the largest seller to the U.S. Government, and also the largest seller to most of America's allied Governments), is one of Joe Biden's …

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad (2019-10-25). The Racial Wealth Divide Hurts the Entire Middle Class. counterpunch.org Americans are more aware than ever that America has a race problem — and, more specifically, a racial wealth divide problem. As researchers from the Institute for Policy Studies and I found earlier this year, median white families are 41 times wealthier than median Black families in the United States. As our country becomes more More

ANIS SHIVANI (2019-10-25). Five Questions for Elizabeth Warren. counterpunch.org Dear Senator Warren, I'm not particularly interested in rehearsing old critiques of your life and work for their own sake, but I do think it's important that voters, just a few months away from the all-important Iowa and New Hampshire contests, get a better sense of your policy priorities and values. In the ongoing debates More

Priti Gulati Cox (2019-10-25). Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 3 of Uncountable. counterpunch.org Two things in America create "bipartisanship": support for Israel's apartheid regime and support for endless US war and intervention around the world. — Ali Abunimah, October 16. It's September-October and I'm sitting at my Sidewalk Museum of Congress (SMoC) studio outside Kansas' 1st District Rep. Roger Marshall's office embroidering portraits of the Palestinian al-Farra family, More

WSWS (2019-10-25). Typhoon wreaks havoc in Japan. wsws.org The storm was the most powerful to hit Japan in decades and is part of an uptick in natural disasters in the region influenced by warming seas.

WSWS (2019-10-25). Build a socialist movement against imperialist war, austerity and dictatorship. wsws.org There is no solution to the immense dangers facing workers in Sri Lanka and internationally—war, austerity and the threat of dictatorship and fascism—within the framework of capitalism and its outmoded nation state system.

Jesse Jackson (2019-10-25). Trump and the Politics of the 2020 Census. counterpunch.org A new report should raise alarms about the upcoming 2020 Census. According to the Pew Research Center, the good news is that the overwhelming majority of Americans are aware of the census, and over eight in 10 say they are likely to participate. The bad news is that nearly one in four blacks, young people, and More

David Yearsley (2019-10-25). Joe Biden and the Lackawanna Blues. counterpunch.org On Wednesday morning Joe Biden shuffled into Scranton, Pennsylvania, a couple hours' drive south from my place in Ithaca, New York. He spoke at the city's Cultural Center housed in a monumental, neo-Gothic building that was once the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, completed in 1928, the year before the Great Depression. Scranton, and More

Andrew Levine (2019-10-25). Trump and the Conman Theory of History. counterpunch.org "The owl of Minerva," Hegel wrote, "takes flight with the setting of the sun." He meant that the true meaning, the correct interpretation, of past events becomes evident only in retrospect. It was a dogma of the "post-modern" era from which we are, at last, emerging, that there are no correct interpretations, no "master narratives" More

WSWS (2019-10-25). Germany: Humboldt University student parliament supports lawsuit against far-right Professor Baberowski. wsws.org The legal complaint is an important step in defending students' freedom of opinion in the face of an offensive by radical right-wing forces within the academic milieu.

Staff (2019-10-25). Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Held in Contempt of Court. truthdig.com A federal judge on Thursday held President Donald Trump's billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to stop collecting loan payments from former students of Corinthian Colleges, a defunct for-profit college company that defrauded tens of thousands of borrowers. | Judge Sallie Kim of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco also hit the Education Department with a $100,000 fine for violating the injunction. | "Money from the fine will be used to…

Staff (2019-10-25). Betsy DeVos Held in Contempt of Court for Predatory Loan-Collecting Practices. truthout.org A federal judge on Thursday held President Donald Trump's billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to stop collecting loan payments from former students of Corinthian Colleges, a defunct for-profit college company that defrauded tens of thousands of borrowers. | Judge Sallie Kim of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-25). 'New War for Oil?': Pentagon Chief Confirms US to 'Strengthen' Military Presence Near Syria Oil Fields. commondreams.org Capping off a week of widely criticized comments from members of the Trump administration about emerging White House plans to use U.S. troops to control oil fields in northeastern Syria, Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed Friday that the Pentagon is working to "strengthen" U.S. military presence in the region. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-25). Hundreds of Thousands Expected to Join 'Historic Nationwide Mobilization' on Eve of Trump Impeachment Vote. commondreams.org "The night before the House of Representatives takes a historic vote to impeach Trump," progressive groups said of the anticipated action, "we'll head to every congressional office and public square to declare that nobody is above the law." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-10-25). 'Pivotal' Time for Big Oil as Massachusetts Sues ExxonMobil Over Climate Crisis Deception. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-10-25). Threatening Food and Medicines, Trump Admin Accused of Putting Iranian People in 'Cross-Hairs of Its Ongoing Economic War'. commondreams.org The new designation under Section 311, the adminstration was warned, would mean foreign banks no longer processing humanitarian-related transactions. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-25). Because Federal Government Is Allowed to 'Weaponize the Law,' Plowshares 7 Found Guilty for Anti-Nuclear Weapons Protest. commondreams.org "I really think that the verdict was, frankly, reactionary." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-25). Warnings DOJ Has Become 'Vehicle for President Trump's Political Revenge' as Barr Opens Criminal Probe of Mueller Investigation. commondreams.org "It was bad enough Trump and Barr were wasting resources on this. But now they are fully weaponizing DOJ for political purposes." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-25). Headlines for October 25, 2019. democracynow.org Trump's Justice Department Opens Criminal Probe into Origins of Mueller Investigation, Trump Planning to Send Troops and Tanks to Eastern Syrian Oil Fields, U.N. to Probe Human Rights Abuses in Chile Amid Mass Protests, Ecuador's Indigenous Leaders Halt Talks with President Over Austerity Protests, Bolivia's Evo Morales Declares Election Victory as Opponents Cry Foul, Thousands March in Guinea to Oppose President's Bid for Third Term, Baltimore Congressmember Elijah Cummings Lies in State at U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden's Campaign Reverses Opposition to Super PACs, Protesters Demand New Jersey Offer Driver's Licenses…

Staff (2019-10-25). Rashida Tlaib to Mark Zuckerberg: Why Haven't You Stopped Hate Groups From Organizing on Facebook? democracynow.org We feature more highlights from the five-hour grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week on Capitol Hill, where Michigan Congressmember Rashida Tlaib said she feared that far-right hate groups were using Facebook event pages to incite violence against Muslims and other minorities — including death threats directed at her office. Tlaib asked to be seen not only as a Congresswoman, but also as "a mother that is raising two Muslim boys in this pretty dark time in our world." Meanwhile, California Congressmember Katie Porter pinned Zuckerberg down on Facebook's privacy policies. "You are arguing in fede…

Staff (2019-10-25). Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Found Guilty of Conspiracy at Naval Base Housing Nuclear Arsenal. democracynow.org In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, each of which carries 20 Trident thermonuclear weapons. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah's com…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-10-25). Roaming Charges: A Place Where Nobody Knows. counterpunch.org This week marked 8th the anniversary of Gaddafi's death in the Libyan town of Sirte. The lesson of his life is: If you do exactly what the US demands, they'll still enter your country, overthrow your government, hunt you down, torture you to death and display your mangled body in a meat locker. Class dismissed. More

Ed Sykes (2019-10-25). New Brexit survey shows why we need to make Corbyn prime minister as soon as possible. thecanary.co A new academic survey suggests there are deep divides in Great Britain over Brexit which make many voters think some level of violence against MPs may be a "price worth paying" to get their way. The report, from researchers at Cardiff University and the University of Edinburgh, apparently found such feelings on both Leave and Remain sides of the debate.In this environment, it seems more important than ever that we put a peacemaker in Downing Street. And Jeremy Corbyn is the person who best fits that bill.Worrying statistics: The survey's co-director, Prof Richard Wyn Jones, said he was "genuinely shocked"

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-25). Johnson Seeks UK Snap Election to Break No-Brexit/Brexit Deal Impasse. globalresearch.ca UK Prime Minister Johnson's do-or-die aim to leave the EU by end of October failed, a snap election is his fallback option. | He's hoping to regain a parliamentary majority — lost after expelling 21 Tories in September for opposing his …

Staff (2019-10-25). Boris Johnson Pushes for New Election as Brexit Fiasco Continues. therealnews.com While Britain's parliament continues to try to figure out if and how to move forward with Brexit, the Labour Party must bring the public debate back to the social terrain to win an upcoming election, says Prof. Leo Panitch.

Josh Hamilton (2019-10-25). At What Point Do We Admit Brexit Was About Tax Evasion? globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2017. | Back in 2015, Britain rejected plans announced by Brussels to combat 'industrial-scale tax avoidance by the world's biggest multinationals'. | Britain had built a corporate tax haven for multinationals that included slashing corporation tax …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-25). Trump To Send Possibly Thousands Of Troops & Tanks To "Secure Syria's Oil" & Iraq Goes To UN Over US. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/24/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

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Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-25
Amid outrage over Turkey's atrocities against Kurdish civilians northern Syria, Max Blumenthal discusses how some of the Syrian militias committing…
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Open Letter to PM Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Sajid Javid, and Kevin Hollinrake
Heather Stroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-25
Dear Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Sajid Javid and Kevin Hollinrake, I feel compelled to write to you over my extreme concern regarding the health and well-being of Julian Assange. Please see the link below regarding the psychological torture that Julian Assange has been subjected to, both before leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy and since during his …
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Liberating Assange: A Woeful Lack of Leadership
Al Burke | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
For years there has been widespread and growing support for Julian Assange in many parts of the world. This I have learned from a variety of sources, including so-called alternative media, and queries addressed to me in consequence of my …
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Liberating Assange: A Woeful Lack of Leadership
Al Burke | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
For years there has been widespread and growing support for Julian Assange in many parts of the world. This I have learned from a variety of sources, including so-called alternative media, and queries addressed to me in consequence of my …
globalresearch.ca/liberating-assange-lac…

She Deserves Our Support: Betty McCollum Wants US to Stop Subsidizing Torture of Palestinian Children
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
In December 2018, 17-year-old Palestinian teen, Ayham Sabah, was sentenced by an Israeli military court to 35 years in prison for his alleged role in a stabbing attack targeting an Israeli soldier in an illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Sabah was only 14 years old when the alleged attack took place. Another alleged…
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2019-10-25: News Headlines
Staff | south-america.positiveuniverse.com | 2019-10-25
• Colombia Diary: Higher Ed Under Threat. | • Activist claims CITES exemption for finished musical instruments may set a bad precedent. | • Mass protests spread to Bolivia after a disruption in electoral broadcasts. | • SF Protesters Demand Piñera Out! Stop Military Terror In Chile.
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2019-10-25: News Headlines
Staff | south-america.positiveuniverse.com | 2019-10-25
• 2019-10-25: News Headlines. | • Colombia Diary: Higher Ed Under Threat. | • Activist claims CITES exemption for finished musical instruments may set a bad precedent. | • Mass protests spread to Bolivia after a disruption in electoral broadcasts.
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"Exporting Democracy" to Bolivia
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
On October 23rd, Bolivian president Evo Morales gave a press-conference in which he stated that a right-wing coup d'etat was underway in the country. With victory practically assured in the first round of the presidential election, the returning incumbent claimed …
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Beirut is Burning: Why I Don't Blame the Rioters
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
I thought the days when I kicked burning tyres off roads had ended. I used to clear the road in Belfast in 1972. Then, often, I did the same in Beirut. But there I was yesterday, as my faithful driver Selim waited patiently for me to shake hands with the local militiaman and explain why…
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Beirut is Burning: Why I Don't Blame the Rioters
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
I thought the days when I kicked burning tyres off roads had ended. I used to clear the road in Belfast in 1972. Then, often, I did the same in Beirut. But there I was yesterday, as my faithful driver Selim waited patiently for me to shake hands with the local militiaman and explain why…
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There's something that's ours on those streets and we're going to take it back
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-10-25
In Lebanon, it was a tax on the use of WhatsApp; in Chile, it was the rise in subway fares; in Ecuador and in Haiti, it was the cut in fuel subsidies. Each of these conjunctures brought people to the streets and then, as these people flooded the streets, more and more joined them. | Source…
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There's something that's ours on those streets and we're going to take it back
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-10-25
In Lebanon, it was a tax on the use of WhatsApp; in Chile, it was the rise in subway fares; in Ecuador and in Haiti, it was the cut in fuel subsidies. Each of these conjunctures brought people to the streets and then, as these people flooded the streets, more and more joined them. | Source…
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Colombia Diary: Higher Ed Under Threat
Forrest Hylton | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Recent events in Chile and Ecuador reverberate throughout South America and indeed the world. Confronted with violent government repression, by insisting on reasoned argument, critical thinking, and mass direct action, non-violent student movements in South America offer hope at a time when authoritarianism threatens democratic citizenship worldwide. In Colombia, one of Washington's closest allies in…
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Colombia: Violence Against Social Leaders Remains Before Polls
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
So far seven candidates have been killed and another one has been kidnapped in Colombia, a country which is experiencing a new wave of political violence a few days before the municipal and regional elections will be held on October 27. | RELATED: | Ex-FARC Combatant Killed Ahead of Regional Elections | "Colombian regional elections have been marked by a strongly violent dynamic as 117 indigenous leaders and 7 candidates have been killed in 2019. In addition 137 former guerilla fighters…
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Colombia: Violence Against Social Leaders Remains Before Polls
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
So far seven candidates have been killed and another one has been kidnapped in Colombia, a country which is experiencing a new wave of political violence a few days before the municipal and regional elections will be held on October 27. | RELATED: | Ex-FARC Combatant Killed Ahead of Regional Elections | "Colombian regional elections have been marked by a strongly violent dynamic as 117 indigenous leaders and 7 candidates have been killed in 2019. In addition 137 former guerilla fighters…
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Barr Targets Trump's Enemies With Sham Investigation of Mueller's Russia Probe
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-25
It looks like Attorney General William Barr is giving Donald Trump exactly what he wants: a sham inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation. | On Thursday, the New York Times reported the Department of Justice has converted what was an "administrative review" of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election to a "criminal inquiry." That s…
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Judge Hands Democrats a Victory in Impeachment Inquiry
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
WASHINGTON — A judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | In a ruling that also affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry itself, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered the department to turn over the materials by Oct. 30. A Justice Department spokeswoman said it was reviewing the decision. The administration can appeal. | The ruling in favor of the House Judiciary Committee…
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Violence Erupts in Northeast Syria After Trump Touts "Ceasefire"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-25
Violence continued in the Rojava autonomous region in northeast Syria on Thursday, shortly after President Trump pledged that a ceasefire announced by Turkey would likely be "permanent." Russian warplanes raided rural areas while clashes erupted between various factions as Turkish-led forces appeared to push beyond the so-called "safe zone" patrolled by Turkey and Russia near the Turkey-Syria border, according to reports and observers on the ground. | "It doesn't feel like things are cleared up and done wi…
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Department of Justice Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Russia Probe
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has shifted its review of the Russia probe to a criminal investigation, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday, a move that is likely to raise concerns that President Donald Trump and his allies may be using the powers of the government to go after their opponents. | The revelation comes as Trump is already facing scrutiny about a potential abuse of power, including a House impeachment inquiry examining whether he withheld military aid in order to pressure the president of Ukraine to launch an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
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The EU is Rewriting WWII History to Demonize Russia
Max Parry | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-25
Last month, on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, the European Parliament voted on a resolution entitled "On the Importance of European Remembrance for the Future of Europe." The adopted document: 2. Stresses that the Second World War, the most devastating war in Europe's history, was started as an immediate result of the …
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Tulsi Gabbard ditches congressional race to focus on presidential — triggering #TulsiStein conspiracy theorists
rt.com | 2019-10-25
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has abandoned her race for re-election in Hawaii to focus on securing her party's presidential nomination, kicking the 'Russian asset' conspiracy theorizing into high gear. | Gabbard announced on Friday that she would not seek re-election to Congress, declaring she would focus instead on the presidential race. Promising to "end our interventionist foreign policy of being the world's police, toppling dictators and governments we don't like, and redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home," she "humbly" asked her Hawaii consti…
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Clashes in Northeastern Syria Put Turkish-Russian Memorandum at Risk
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
On Tuesday, exactly two weeks after Ankara launched its cross border military operation "Operation Peace Spring", in northern Syria east of the Euphrates River, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi for …
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Video: How Russian-Turkish 'Safe Zone' Deal Shapes Course of Syrian Conflict
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
The military crisis in northeastern Syria started by the Turkish military offensive on Kurdish militias amid the US troops withdrawal deflated. | On October 23, Turkey, Russia and Syria started implementing the 'safe zone' agreement reached by Turkish President Recep Tayyip …
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US Special Forces' Secrets Fall into Hands of Russians as Kurds Side with Syria
Joseph Fitsanakis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
American defence officials with knowledge of Special Operations Forces activities in Syria are concerned that their secrets may fall into the hands of the Russians, as the Kurds switch their allegiance to the Moscow-backed Syrian government. | IntelNews reports that members …
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2019-10-25: News Headlines
Staff | syria.positiveuniverse.com | 2019-10-25
• October 18, 2019, show | • Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria. | • Hezbollah Leader Calls for Protesters to Meet with Government. | • Lebanese President Vows to Meet with Protestes to Ease Tensions…
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2019-10-25: News Headlines
Staff | syria.positiveuniverse.com | 2019-10-25
• Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria. | • Study Group "A New Phase in the Syrian War" | • From Chile to Lebanon: Working class offensive sweeps the globe. | • NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to call for new Middle East wars.
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2019-10-25: News Headlines
Staff | syria.positiveuniverse.com | 2019-10-25
• October 18, 2019, show | • Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria. | • Hezbollah Leader Calls for Protesters to Meet with Government. | • Lebanese President Vows to Meet with Protestes to Ease Tensions…
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'Unacceptable Practices' in the OPCW's Investigation of the Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria on April 7th 2018
Courage Foundation | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
The Courage Foundation convened a panel of concerned individuals from the fields of disarmament, international law, journalism, military operations, medicine and intelligence in Brussels on October 15th. The panel met with a member of the investigation team from …
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US Reoccupation of Northern Syria? Turkish Aggression Halted?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
Time and again, things aren't as they seem, Trump's ordered withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria the latest example — saying one thing, then going another way, going along with his geopolitical team's permanent war agenda. | Commenting on the …
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Iraq Takes International Legal Action to Kick Unauthorized US Forces Out
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said United States troops withdrawing from northeast Syria do not have permission to stay in Iraq, adding that his government is taking "all international legal measures" in response to their unauthorized entry into the …
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NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to call for new Middle East wars
wsws.org | 2019-10-25
NATO officials began a two-day summit yesterday in Brussels, calling for new military escalation in the Middle East after the debacle of their eight-year war in Syria.
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Esper: U.S. Troops, Armored Vehicles Going to Syria Oil Fields
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
BRUSSELS — The U.S. will send armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to bolster defenses against a potential move by Islamic State militants on oil fields controlled by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. | Esper described the added force as "mechanized," which would likely means it will include tanks and other combat vehicles such as Bradley armored infantry carriers. This would introduce a new dimension to the U.S. military presence, wh…
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Trials and Tribulations with a Dead Press
Barrett Brown | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
I have lived a life marked by many roles, some of them mutually exclusive. According to The Dallas Morning News, for instance, I'm an "investigative journalist whose prison sentence was derided by free press advocates", as well as an "Anonymous activist and award-winning journalist". Also according to the Dallas Morning News, I merely…
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Trials and Tribulations with a Dead Press
Barrett Brown | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
I have lived a life marked by many roles, some of them mutually exclusive. According to The Dallas Morning News, for instance, I'm an "investigative journalist whose prison sentence was derided by free press advocates", as well as an "Anonymous activist and award-winning journalist". Also according to the Dallas Morning News, I merely…
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The NBA, China and Trump
Michael Doliner | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
How about the hapless NBA? Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets basketball team, tweeted support for the rioters in Hong Kong. The United States is openly fomenting this often quite violent insurrection. I have no idea whether Mr. Morey knew of the beating of the journalist Fu Guohao or the involvement of American official Julie Eadeh in…
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Ecuador's President Moreno Struggles to Buy Off Fake Leftists
Joe Emersberger | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Ecuador's President Moreno was elected in 2017 by campaigning to continue Rafael Correa's leftist policies. Within weeks of taking office, he morphed into a right winger obsessed with inventing a public debt problem and outlawing Correa along with anyone who stayed loyal to him and his policies (Correaists). But a few weeks ago, things exploded when Moreno made his boldest move…
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MSM Denies 'Venezuela Treatment' to Rebellions in Chile and Ecuador
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-25
Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, people are rising up against US-backed governments.

MSM Denies ‘Venezuela Treatment’ to Rebellions in Chile and Ecuador

Burn, Neoliberalism, Burn
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
Neoliberalism is — literally — burning. And from Ecuador to Chile, South America, once again, is showing the way. Against the vicious, one-size-fits-all IMF austerity prescription, which deploys weapons of mass economic destruction to smash national sovereignty and foster social …
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Ecuador: Indigenous Organizations Propose a People's Parliament
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) on Thursday convened to form a popular parliament so as to outline an economic model and present it to President Lenin Moreno. | RELATED: | Ecuadorean Gov't, CONAIE Discuss New Decree on Fuel Subsidies | "We invite Ecuadorean organizations to join the Peoples and Social Organizations' Par…
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The Indigenous Voices of Ecuador's General Strike
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Massive protests forced President Moreno into a negotiation with indigenous opposition movements, which was broadcast on live TV. The leaders seemed to school the president and his ministers, and he eventually canceled the IMF-required austerity decree. We spoke to some of those leaders.
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Whitewashing neoliberal repression in Chile and Ecuador
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-10-25
If the first casualty of war is truth, its self-anointed purveyors in the international media have much blood on their hands indeed. | Source…
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At Least 2 Dead, 350 Wounded as Major Anti-Government Protests Resume in Iraq
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-25
Iraqi security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to repel crowds marching towards the Green Zone.

At Least 2 Dead, 350 Wounded as Major Anti-Government Protests Resume in Iraq

US military allowed to shoot at vehicles at entry ports along southern border
wsws.org | 2019-10-25
Migrants at the US-Mexico border will be treated like suspected terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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All That is Holy is Profaned: Beyond Ruling Class Trumpeachment
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Trump is both a policy and a public relations disaster for the American Empire, whose benefits revert to the wealthy Few and whose costs are born by the rest of us. He is hastening the end of the "The American Century." Trump is bad for the brand as well the operations of the Empire. In his small hands and big Twitter feed, the solid and doctrinally mandatory sense that "exceptional" and "good" America "stands taller and sees farther" (former Secretary of State Madeline Albright not long after she went on national television to proclaim that the killing of half a million Iraqi children by U.S.-imposed economic sa…
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All That is Holy is Profaned: Beyond Ruling Class Trumpeachment
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Trump is both a policy and a public relations disaster for the American Empire, whose benefits revert to the wealthy Few and whose costs are born by the rest of us. He is hastening the end of the "The American Century." Trump is bad for the brand as well the operations of the Empire. In his small hands and big Twitter feed, the solid and doctrinally mandatory sense that "exceptional" and "good" America "stands taller and sees farther" (former Secretary of State Madeline Albright not long after she went on national television to proclaim that the killing of half a million Iraqi children by U.S.-imposed economic sa…
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Iraqi Police Fire Shots, Tear Gas at Protesters; 23 Killed
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
BAGHDAD — Iraqi police fired live shots into the air as well as rubber bullets and dozens of tear gas canisters Friday to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters, sending young demonstrators running for cover and enveloping a main bridge in the capital Baghdad with thick white smoke. Twenty-three protesters were killed and dozens were injured, security officials said. | The confrontations began early in the morning after anti-government demonstrations resumed, following a three-week hiatus. The protests began Oct. 1 over corruption, unemployment and lack of basic services but quickly turned deadly…
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Who (besides the rich) actually thinks wealth taxes are a bad idea?
Tim Libretti | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-25
The wealth taxes Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed continue to provoke the malice of Wall Street, corporate Democrats, and now even other Democratic candidates running for president. As I have written in People's World (here and here), the intensity of the energy devoted to this criticism, combined with the lack of …
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Impeachment: Trump Has Already Confessed to "High Crimes"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Every time a witness testifies behind closed doors in the US House of Representatives' methodical march toward the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Trump supporters scream "no quid pro quo" while Trump opponents breathlessly inform us that the "smoking gun" has turned up and that impeachment is now "inevitable." What's with all this "smoking gun"
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The Dialogue of Divisiveness
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
"If we tell that story [that the president committed an impeachable offense] with simplicity and repetition, the American people will understand why the president must be held accountable." — Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 22, 2019…
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The Dialogue of Divisiveness
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
"If we tell that story [that the president committed an impeachable offense] with simplicity and repetition, the American people will understand why the president must be held accountable." — Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 22, 2019…
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Over 1 Million People March in Chile's Largest Protest
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
About one million people are marching in the streets of the Chilean capital, responding to the convocation of students and labor unions who organized on social media "The Largest March in Chile" on Friday afternoon, with rallies paralyzing major cities. | RELATED: | Chile Unrest: Rights Groups Warn of Dictatorship-Like Practices | The march started between 5-6 p.m., local time, from the Plaza Italia, demanding among others the government to send back the Armed Forces to their m…
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Can the Next President Deliver a New Social Contract for Our Survival?
James Haslam | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
Activist outside the Congress demanding a vote to pass ' The Green New Deal'. The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon at 4: 00 PM to begin debate on a sweeping resolution to combat climate change, the Green New Deal, which was introduced by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey. Washington, D.C. March 26, 2019. (Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Jane Fonda: Put Oil and Gas Executives on Trial
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Before she got arrested at her weekly #FireDrillFriday demonstration, Jane Fonda told TRNN's Dharna Noor that she tried to get Netflix to give her a yearlong hiatus from Grace and Frankie to continue protesting climate inaction.
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ExxonMobil Faces Another Lawsuit: Massachusetts Sues for Climate Deception
commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
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Uprisings: From climate to austerity, autumn protests engulf the world
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-25
Solving the climate crisis with ambitious policy programs like Green New Deals might help to alleviate some of the suffering caused by the austerity that is breaking the backs of working people in rich and poor countries alike.
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Uprisings: From climate to austerity, autumn protests engulf the world
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-25
Solving the climate crisis with ambitious policy programs like Green New Deals might help to alleviate some of the suffering caused by the austerity that is breaking the backs of working people in rich and poor countries alike.
nationofchange.org/2019/10/25/uprisings-…

Can the Next President Deliver a New Social Contract for Our Survival?
James Haslam | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
Activist outside the Congress demanding a vote to pass ' The Green New Deal'. The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon at 4: 00 PM to begin debate on a sweeping resolution to combat climate change, the Green New Deal, which was introduced by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey. Washington, D.C. March 26, 2019. (Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Human Actions Fueling California's Devastating Wildfires
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Tens of thousands have been forced to flee wildfires across the state of California. Human actions, including climate change, are responsible, argues Professor Matthew Hurteau.
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Human Actions Fueling California's Devastating Wildfires
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Tens of thousands have been forced to flee wildfires across the state of California. Human actions, including climate change, are responsible, argues Professor Matthew Hurteau.
therealnews.com/stories/human-actions-fu…

ExxonMobil Faces Another Lawsuit: Massachusetts Sues for Climate Deception
commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
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Hezbollah Leader Calls for Protesters to Meet with Government
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday that nationwide protests could push the country into chaos, collapse and, "God forbid", civil war. | RELATED: | Lebanese President Vows to Meet with Protestes to Ease Tensions | Supporters of Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed group with widespread influence in Lebanon, meanwhile scuffled with anti-government protesters who have been on the streets for days, angered by corruption and the near collapse of the econom…
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Hezbollah Leader Calls for Protesters to Meet with Government
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday that nationwide protests could push the country into chaos, collapse and, "God forbid", civil war. | RELATED: | Lebanese President Vows to Meet with Protestes to Ease Tensions | Supporters of Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed group with widespread influence in Lebanon, meanwhile scuffled with anti-government protesters who have been on the streets for days, angered by corruption and the near collapse of the econom…
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NIAC Statement on Increased U.S. Restrictions on Humanitarian Trade with Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
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Do You Own Puma Sportswear? Join #RebrandPuma!
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-10-25
Do You Own Puma Sportswear? Join #RebrandPuma! : Action AlertIf you purchased Puma gear before the company decided to support Israel's illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land, rebrand it by writing "Boycott" over the logo! | Red Card Israel Boycott PumaOctober 25, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
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Do You Own Puma Sportswear? Join #RebrandPuma!
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-10-25
Do You Own Puma Sportswear? Join #RebrandPuma! : Action AlertIf you purchased Puma gear before the company decided to support Israel's illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land, rebrand it by writing "Boycott" over the logo! | Red Card Israel Boycott PumaOctober 25, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
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2019 Global Peace Forum on Korea — "Making Connections: Global Challenges, Korea, and Peaceful Coexistence"
Dr. Kiyul Chung | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
On September 28, 2019 Global Peace Forum on Korea (2019 GPFK), initially proposed by a nonprofit, educational organization, (21cir), was held throughout the day at Italian Academy of Columbia University in New York City …
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Seven Peace Activists Found Guilty of "Conspiracy" for Anti-Nuclear Protest
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-25
In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, ea…
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NAM Summit: 'Venezuela Is Resisting And Overcoming', Maduro Says
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
At the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and announced that the U.S. economic and financial aggressions are as lethal as its armies. | RELATED: | President Maduro Arrives for Non-Aligned Movement in Azerbaijan | The Bolivarian leader said that "the new modes of international war are economic aggressions" against the most vulnerable population groups, a…
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A Deluge of Things: Von Humboldt, Leonardo and the Confounding of Nature
Stephen Corry | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Like Humboldt, Leonardo dissected, analyzed, and spent a great deal of time thinking about humans' role in nature. He grasped the similarities between the anatomies of people and animals. He saw how long hair curled and swirled in a way curiously similar to the flow of water, clouds and wind. He probed reproduction, gender and its ambiguities, and pondered over what precisely changed when animal or plant succumbed to old age and death. How did it all fit? For Leonardo and his age the natural world was not distinct from the human, both were inextricably interconnected, as they are for many indigenous peoples today…
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For Some Reason, We Can't Find a Single Leftist Mark Zuckerberg Invited to His Dinners With Pundits From "Across the Spectrum"
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-10-25
We asked The Nation, Mother Jones, Jacobin, Black Agenda Report, Chapo Trap House, and more: They all said their invitation from the Facebook CEO never arrived.
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Excluding the Civic Community Excludes Life-Savers
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
The lawmakers are doing it. The candidates are doing it. The mass media are doing it. All are excluding from their arenas the leading citizen groups as never before, since the early nineteen sixties. The nonprofit national advocacy/research organizations that led the way for social reforms are being shut out of the political process. These…
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The Neoliberal Ghost of Pinochet Is Finally Being Exorcised from Chile
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
More than 46 years of initially military imposed neoliberalism has finally exploded into widespread frustration, protest and violence. This neoliberalism culminated in 2017 with twelve businessmen, among them Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, monopolizing at least 17% of the national …
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Chilean Protesters Report Sexual Assault by Military and Riot Police
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-25
Content Warning: As mobilizations against the government continue in Chile, reports are surfacing of violence and sexual abuse against women involved in the protests. | In Chile over the last several days, multiple allegations were made by human rights and feminist organizations concerning beatings, abuses, and threats of rape against women participating in the protests and cacerolazos (demostrations in which protesters bang pots and pans). | In the wake of arrests and attacks on protesters, women ar…
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With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-25
A recent memorandum authored by Attorney General William Barr announced a new "pre-crime" program inspired by "War on Terror" tactics and is set to be implemented next year.
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Midwest Dispatch: Is Worthington, Minnesota, the Center of the Universe?
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2019-10-25
One Midwestern town finds itself divided over race stoked by the gentry to preserve their own wealth. But there is a glimmer of hope here, too.
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Midwest Dispatch: Is Worthington, Minnesota, the Center of the Universe?
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2019-10-25
One Midwestern town finds itself in a race war stoked by the gentry to preserve their own wealth. But there is a glimmer of hope here, too.
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Class Struggle in Chile: President Piñera at War with His Own People
Euan Gibb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
Chile has been held up for decades as South America's clearest example of the stability possible when neoliberal policies are adopted and implemented as if they were religious tenets. The country is now in a situation of open rebellion. This …
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Biden Backer — Former Lockheed Leader — Convinces Joe Biden to Sell-Out
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
Bernard Schwartz, a former Vice Chairman and top investor in Lockheed Martin (which is by far the largest seller to the U.S. Government, and also the largest seller to most of America's allied Governments), is one of Joe Biden's …
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Libra and Calibra, Facebook's Cryptocurrency Project: Mark Zuckerberg Appears Before US Congress
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
It was never going to be pretty. The Facebook CEO knew in appearing before the House Financial Services Committee to answer questions on the company's proposed cryptocurrency that a few sizeable bumps would appear. As it turned out, much of …
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Fretting About Progressives' 'Electability,' Establishment Dems Are Really Worried About Their Power in the Party
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-10-25
by Julie Hollar | With Joe Biden struggling as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, a surging Elizabeth Warren has begun to emerge as the party establishment's new bogeyman–and corporate media are ready and willing to transmit insiders' panicked calls for new "moderate" entrants to the race. | On the same day earlier this week, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran twin articles:…
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Fretting About Progressives' 'Electability,' Establishment Dems Are Really Worried About Their Power in the Party
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-10-25
by Julie Hollar | With Joe Biden struggling as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, a surging Elizabeth Warren has begun to emerge as the party establishment's new bogeyman–and corporate media are ready and willing to transmit insiders' panicked calls for new "moderate" entrants to the race. | On the same day earlier this week, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran twin articles:…
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Subscription war on 'fake news': WaPo, NYT ousted from White House, federal agencies told to follow lead
rt.com | 2019-10-25
Trump has unleashed an unprecedented attack on the free media (or shown fake news its place) – depending on which side you're on – by cancelling White House subscriptions to the WaPo and NYT, telling federal agencies to do so too. | …
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The Essence of War
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Many US teenage boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s grew up wondering if they would end up in the jungles of Vietnam when they reached draft age. Some could hardly wait to go fight in their idealized version of honor and glory. Some knew by the time they were sixteen that they would…
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The Essence of War
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Many US teenage boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s grew up wondering if they would end up in the jungles of Vietnam when they reached draft age. Some could hardly wait to go fight in their idealized version of honor and glory. Some knew by the time they were sixteen that they would…
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Trump and the Politics of the 2020 Census
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
A new report should raise alarms about the upcoming 2020 Census. According to the Pew Research Center, the good news is that the overwhelming majority of Americans are aware of the census, and over eight in 10 say they are likely to participate. The bad news is that nearly one in four blacks, young people, and…
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Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 3 of Uncountable
Priti Gulati Cox | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Two things in America create "bipartisanship": support for Israel's apartheid regime and support for endless US war and intervention around the world. — Ali Abunimah, October 16. It's September-October and I'm sitting at my Sidewalk Museum of Congress (SMoC) studio outside Kansas' 1st District Rep. Roger Marshall's office embroidering portraits of the Palestinian al-Farra family,…
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The Military Industrial Complex Has Won
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
When Americans think of militarism, they may imagine jackbooted soldiers goose-stepping through the streets as flag-waving crowds exult; or, like our president, they may think of enormous parades featuring troops and missiles and tanks, with warplanes soari…
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The Racial Wealth Divide Hurts the Entire Middle Class
Dedrick Asante-Muhammad | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Americans are more aware than ever that America has a race problem — and, more specifically, a racial wealth divide problem. As researchers from the Institute for Policy Studies and I found earlier this year, median white families are 41 times wealthier than median Black families in the United States. As our country becomes more…
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Five Questions for Elizabeth Warren
ANIS SHIVANI | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Dear Senator Warren, I'm not particularly interested in rehearsing old critiques of your life and work for their own sake, but I do think it's important that voters, just a few months away from the all-important Iowa and New Hampshire contests, get a better sense of your policy priorities and values. In the ongoing debates…
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Typhoon wreaks havoc in Japan
wsws.org | 2019-10-25
The storm was the most powerful to hit Japan in decades and is part of an uptick in natural disasters in the region influenced by warming seas.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/25/typh…

Build a socialist movement against imperialist war, austerity and dictatorship
wsws.org | 2019-10-25
There is no solution to the immense dangers facing workers in Sri Lanka and internationally–war, austerity and the threat of dictatorship and fascism–within the framework of capitalism and its outmoded nation state system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/25/slel…

The Military Industrial Complex Has Won
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
When Americans think of militarism, they may imagine jackbooted soldiers goose-stepping through the streets as flag-waving crowds exult; or, like our president, they may think of enormous parades featuring troops and missiles and tanks, with warplanes soari…
truthdig.com/articles/the-military-indus…

Five Questions for Elizabeth Warren
ANIS SHIVANI | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Dear Senator Warren, I'm not particularly interested in rehearsing old critiques of your life and work for their own sake, but I do think it's important that voters, just a few months away from the all-important Iowa and New Hampshire contests, get a better sense of your policy priorities and values. In the ongoing debates…
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'It was meant to happen that way,' says driver who saved family from getting MOWED DOWN in viral VIDEO'
rt.com | 2019-10-25
An Arizona woman has told reporters that she doesn't consider herself to be a hero after her car successfully redirected a red-light-running Jeep that was mere seconds away from hitting a family of three on a crosswalk. | The Phoenix Police Department posted dramatic video of the incident earlier this week. | A couple was calmly crossing the road on their way to a grocery store, while pushing a stroller with their 11-month-old son. A speeding SUV ran a red light, and was heading straight for the couple. The vehicle would have likely mowed down the entire family if it wasn't for a Chevrolet Cruze that collided…
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Joe Biden and the Lackawanna Blues
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
On Wednesday morning Joe Biden shuffled into Scranton, Pennsylvania, a couple hours' drive south from my place in Ithaca, New York. He spoke at the city's Cultural Center housed in a monumental, neo-Gothic building that was once the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, completed in 1928, the year before the Great Depression. Scranton, and…
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Joe Biden and the Lackawanna Blues
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
On Wednesday morning Joe Biden shuffled into Scranton, Pennsylvania, a couple hours' drive south from my place in Ithaca, New York. He spoke at the city's Cultural Center housed in a monumental, neo-Gothic building that was once the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, completed in 1928, the year before the Great Depression. Scranton, and…
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Rethinking the Looming Threat of Neoliberal Fascism
Henry Giroux | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic. –Philip Roth, The Plot Against America Talk of a fascist politics emerging in the United States and in the rise of right-wing populist movements across the globe is often criticized as a naive exaggeration or a misguided historical…
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Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.
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Fire and Logging Myths
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
MYTH: FUEL BUILD UP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LARGE BLAZES? A conventional narrative is that wildfires in the western U.S. are unprecedented and more extensive than in the past. This increase in fire acreage is attributed to "fuel build-up," presumed to be the result of successful fire suppression. However, such assertions lack context. Compared to the…
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Chicago Cops: The Torture Machine, Unending
Paul Buhle | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago. By Flint Taylor. Chicago: Haymarket, 2019. 541pp. $27. The first thing to understand about this important book is the author. Flint Taylor is a Chicago-based civil liberties lawyer of long standing, founding partner in the People's Law Office, and a dogged opponent of Red Squad-style behavior.
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