Daily Archives: October 26, 2019

2019-10-26: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-26). Lithium, a Strategic Resource: Here's Why The US Wants To Break Bolivia To Bits With Hybrid War. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the political crisis in Bolivia, first published by Global Research in August 2016 | So I was scanning Telesur's website the other day and a pretty interesting story caught my eye. It said that Bolivia had begun exporting …

teleSUR (2019-10-26). Bolivians Abroad Helped Evo Secure Presidency. telesurenglish.net The reelection of Evo Morales for his fourth term as President of Bolivia was possible thanks to the votes of Bolivians residing abroad, according to an investigation carried out by Fato's Brazil. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Morales Officially Wins Presidency | "Bolivian immigrants, who live in neighboring countries that have neoliberal governments, gave the winning candidate a wide margin of difference over his opponent Carlos Mesa: 61 percentage points of advantage in Brazil and 74 percentage points…

WSWS (2019-10-26). Justice Department probe of Russia-Trump inquiry has become a "criminal investigation" wsws.org The Trump administration is using the Justice Department investigation as a counterweight to the House impeachment inquiry.

Nikolai Malishevski (2019-10-26). The Pentagon's Map of Afghanistan: An Eldorado of Mineral Wealth and Natural Resources. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to an understanding of America's ongoing military and economic agenda in Afghanistan as well as its confrontation with Russia and China. First published in August 2012 (translated from Russian) | Curious information surfaced in the media [2012] — based …

RT (2019-10-26). Butina's case is 'prosecutorial overreach': She did nothing illegal, but got 'harsh sentence' — freed gun activist's lawyer. rt.com Russian gun activist Maria Butina, who has spent over a year behind bars in the US on charges of being an unregistered Russian lobbyist, was essentially innocent but was caught up in anti-Russian witch hunts, her lawyer told RT. | Butina came to the US on a student visa in 2016 and was actively involved in pro-gun circles, namely the National Rifle Association (NRA) with a stated goal of expanding gun laws in Russia, which are quite restrictive. Yet, she was detained by the FBI in July 2018 on suspicion of conspiring to infiltrate the lobby group to promote Russian interests in the US. | The American media…

WSWS (2019-10-26). Trump shifts from ending "forever wars" to sending tanks into Syria's oil fields. wsws.org While pitched as a defense against ISIS, the proposed occupation of the oil fields is aimed at denying vital resources to Syria's government.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-26). Trump's Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception. truthdig.com There were parts of President Trump's latest speech on Syria, which, if read without the sound of The Donald's gruff, bombastic voice, sounded a whole lot like Bernie Sanders might've delivered it. | That's right, sandwiched between Trump's standard braggadocio about how he single-handedly secured "a better future for Syria and for the Middle East," and his cynical pivot to decry his opponents' supposed desire to accept "unlimited migration from war-torn regions" across the U.S. border, was one of the s…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-10-26). Everyone Is Denouncing the Syrian Rebels Now Slaughtering Kurds. But Didn't the U.S. Once Support Some of Them? theintercept.com It's a lazy, cynical rewriting of history to pretend these groups have nothing to do with the U.S., or were never backed by the U.S., in their current form.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-26). 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.

Jake Johnson (2019-10-26). Hundreds of thousands expected to join 'historic nationwide mobilization' on eve of Trump impeachment vote. nationofchange.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."

Evgeniy Spitsyn (2019-10-26). History of World War II: America Was Providing Military Aid to the USSR, While Also Supporting Nazi Germany. globalresearch.ca John D. Rockefeller Jr. owned a controlling interest in Standard Oil, but the next largest stockholder was the German chemical company I. G. Farben, through which the firm sold $20 million worth of gasoline and lubricants to the Nazis.

RT (2019-10-26). Climate apocalypse is coming — says US Army, eyeing opportunities for more intervention. rt.com A new US Army report envisions a bleak near future as a consequence of climate change, with power and water shortages, refugee flows — and also more opportunities for intervention and seizing natural resources in the Arctic. | Behind the dull title of "Implications of climate change for the US Army" lies a 52-page report by a team of scientists outlining apocalyptic scenarios: conflicts driven by hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising sea levels; collapse of the US power grid and transportation; and the inability of the Army itself to provide water for its troops, to name but a few. | Yet it…

The Real News Network (2019-10-26). Jane Fonda: Put Oil and Gas Executives on Trial. dissidentvoice.org 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.

teleSUR (2019-10-26). Italy: Government Addresses Migration Issues With Rescue NGOs. telesurenglish.net Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese on Friday held a meeting in Rome with representatives of humanitarian organizations that save lives in the Mediterranean to address issues related to migration to this European country. | RELATED: | Italian Govt. Allows Ocean Viking to Bring 176 Migrants Ashore | "It is a first step towards a direct dialogue…

RT (2019-10-26). Microsoft bags $10bn Pentagon contract for JEDI 'war cloud' project, edging out presumed frontrunner Amazon. rt.com After months of wrangling over the bidding process, tech giant Microsoft has landed the job to develop the Pentagon's multi-billion dollar "war cloud" storage system, a contract many assumed would go to Amazon. | Dubbed JEDI for short, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project has been in the works since November 2017, and sets out to revamp the Pentagon's computer storage system, upgrading to a remote "cloud" setup. It's not hard to see why tech firms have jumped at the opportunity to land the decade-long contract, however, worth a hefty $10 billion. | "This contract will address critical and urgent…

Kathy Kelly (2019-10-26). Trident Is the Crime. dissidentvoice.org On October 24, following a three-day trial in Brunswick, GA, seven Catholic Workers who acted to disarm a nuclear submarine base were convicted on three felony counts and one misdemeanor. The defendants face 20 years in prison, yet they emerged from their trial seeming quite ready for next steps in their ongoing witness. Steve Kelly, …

Shawgi Tell (2019-10-26). Charter School Advocates Are Hypocritical and Out-of-Touch. dissidentvoice.org On Monday, October 21, 2019, democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren issued her plan for K-12 public education. In it, she outlines her opposition to charter schools. A brief excerpt from a section of the plan titled, Combating the Privatization and Corruption of Our Public Schools, states: To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we …

Prof. Claudia von Werlhof (2019-10-26). Neoliberal Globalization: Is There an Alternative to Plundering the Earth? globalresearch.ca Is there an alternative to making war? Is there an alternative to destroying the planet? No one asks these questions because they seem absurd…

Nikola Tesla (2019-10-26). Nikola Tesla on Wireless Technology, Describes a Cell Phone Back in 1926. globalresearch.ca "The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature …

Mojmir Babacek (2019-10-26). Electromagnetic and Informational Weapons: The Remote Manipulation of the Human Brain. globalresearch.ca From our archives. This important article first published by GR in August 2004 brings to the forefront the role of Psychotronic weapons as an instrument of modern warfare. | It should be understood, that Electromagnetic and Informational Weapons are fully operational …

Global Research News (2019-10-26). Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis, Ecstasy: How Big is the Global Drug Trade? globalresearch.ca First published in May 2014 | Of relevance to the current debate on Heroin addiction and opioids in the USA. | Narcotics is big business. | 90 percent of the heroin consumed in the US comes from Afghanistan | *** | refresh if image fails …

Luciana Bohne (2019-10-26). College Education in America: "Learning to Be Stupid in the Culture of Cash" globalresearch.ca Incisive and provocative analysis first published by Global Research in August 2003. | You might think that reading about a Podunk University's English teacher's attempt to connect the dots between the poverty of American education and the gullibility of the American …

Washington's Blog (2019-10-26). The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS. globalresearch.ca Global Research Editor's Note: | First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington. | See Screenshots Below from the title …

Majed Nehmé (2019-10-26). "Le guerre di Siria": resistenza, istruzioni per l'uso. globalresearch.ca "Mentono … e sanno che mentono … e sanno che noi sappiamo che mentono … Eppure continuano a mentire sempre più forte" | è la frase, scritta da Naguib Mahfouz, che Michel Raimbaud mette in evidenza nel suo libro "Les …

Ernst Wolff (2019-10-26). Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF. globalresearch.ca The following text is the forward to Ernst Wolff's book entitled : Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF, Tectum Verlag Marburg, 2014, www.tectum-verlag.de. The book is available in English and German. First posted on …

Dean Baker (2019-10-26). Senator Warren is Exactly Right. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-10-26). More evidence of cover-up of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan. wsws.org The damning disclosures underscore why the government is intensifying its efforts to suppress media freedom.

Jordan Davidson (2019-10-26). Government loophole sacrificed $18 billion to Big Oil. nationofchange.org The loophole dates back to a 1995 law that urged companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico by offering oil companies a break from paying royalties on the oil produced.

The Canary (2019-10-26). Man charged with killing 39 people who were found dead in the back of a lorry. thecanary.co A lorry driver has been charged with killing 39 people who were found dead in a trailer in Essex.Maurice Robinson, 25, is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 28 October.He is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.Robinson, who is known as Mo and is from Northern Ireland, was arrested shortly after the bodies of eight women and 31 men were found in the refrigerated trailer in an industrial park in Grays in the early hours of Wednesday.The charges came after a man wanted by Essex Police as part of the invest…

Jacob Bacharach (2019-10-26). Hillary Clinton Spoils the Party. truthdig.com In the middle of October, Hillary Clinton managed to perform a minor political miracle. By baselessly speculating that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was a "favorite of the Russians" and preparing to run as an independent, she revived one of the more quixotic, eccentric and moribund campaigns of this election cycle while spoiling a primary that has proved shockingly substantive for a major party in the United States. | Gabbard "clapped back," tweeting that Hillary was "the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party." The congresswoman then p…

Staff (2019-10-26). The Frenzy About Russia Has Undermined Progressive Agendas. truthout.org When Donald Trump won the presidency, crucial questions begged to be addressed: How could it happen? Was Hillary Clinton seen by voters as too close to Wall Street, too aligned with wealthy elites? Was Bernie Sanders correct that loyalty to the billionaire class would undermine the Democratic ticket's appeal to working-class voters? | Those were hardly the kinds of questions that Democratic Party leaders and corporate media wanted to put in the national spotlight. Instead, they quickly shifted the focus [mdash…

The Canary (2019-10-26). A million people march in Chile to protest against the government. thecanary.co Hundreds of thousands of protesters have marched in Chile's capital, intensifying pressure on a government struggling to contain deadly unrest over economic hardship.The huge throng surged toward a central plaza on 25 October as participants blew whistles, banged pots and pans and carried Chilean flags and posters demanding change.The diverse crowd included students, workers, parents and their children."All of Chile is marching here," Santiago mayor Karla Rubilar said, adding that there was hope as well as sadness among the demonstrators.According to Chile's human rights watchdog, more than 2,000 people have been…

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-10-26). Impeachment Now? Or Never? indybay.org NPML | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

League of Women Voters (2019-10-26). Climate Crisis: What Can You Do – Learn more on 11/13 at 6pm. indybay.org League of Women Voters Oakland in collaboration with other community partners is hosting a "Community Round-table on: Climate Crisis in Oakland: What We Can Do".

Veteran For Peace, Chapter 101 (2019-10-26). Right a Bell for Peace. indybay.org corner of Fourth and Santa Clara Streets | San Jose, California…

Labor Video Project (2019-10-26). SF Protesters Demand Piñera Out! Stop Military Terror In Chile. indybay.org Dozens of Chileans and Chilean Americans protested the president and military repression in Chile…

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-26). More Troops/Tanks To Syria Confirmed, OPCW Whistleblower, Barr's PreCrime & Mossad Clinton Blackmail. 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 (10/25/19). 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 …

susan_p (2019-10-26). New blow for US imperialism as Bolivia re-elects Evo Morales. greenleft.org.au anti-imperialism Fiona EdwardsIssue 1243 Bolivia BoliviaOctober 26, 2019Bolivian president Evo Morales, whose government has overseen improving living standards and a dramatic reduction in poverty while in power, has been re-elected. This is yet another blow for the ongoin…

The Canary (2019-10-26). It's no wonder rape survivors fear they will not be believed, commissioner warns. thecanary.co People who are raped face a "culture of disbelief" when trying to obtain justice, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said.Dame Vera Baird QC said a combination of myths surrounding rape and a drop in the number of people prosecutions, despite record volumes of cases being reported to police, meant many survivors feel like they were unsupported by the criminal justice system.Dame Vera told the PA news agency how the lack of convictions was particularly disappointing given the good work of the #MeToo campaign in encouraging survivors to come forward.The former Northumbria police and crime commissio…

The Canary (2019-10-26). Hundreds to walk through London overnight to raise awareness of suicide. thecanary.co Nearly 1,000 people are expected to walk across central London overnight on 26 October to raise awareness of suicide. | The Lost Hours walk, organised by mental health charity Calm, aims to give those affected by suicide "an opportunity to deal with grief differently and defiantly". | It is the first of its kind to be organised and will begin at 11pm. | Walkers can choose to walk a 20-mile route from Greenwich to the Oval and back again, via Big Ben, or a shorter 10-mile route that finishes at the halfway point. | "We can't bring Ade back or change what has happened, but we can do something positive in his memory…

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…

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 …

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 …

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). 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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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

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

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…

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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

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

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

teleSUR (2019-10-25). Over 1 Million People March in Chile's Largest Protest. telesurenglish.net Over 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 mi…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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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PACBI (2019-10-25). Protests planned in 20 countries against PUMA's support for illegal Israeli settlements. bdsmovement.net Protests planned in 20 countries against PUMA's support for illegal Israeli settlements: UpdateActions in more than 50 locations are planned as part of a coordinated initiative to protest PUMA's sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes football teams in illegal Israeli settlements. | Red Card Israel Boycott PumaOctober 26…

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…

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.

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…

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

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

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

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

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). 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:…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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

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

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

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Lithium, a Strategic Resource: Here's Why The US Wants To Break Bolivia To Bits With Hybrid War
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
Of relevance to the political crisis in Bolivia, first published by Global Research in August 2016 | So I was scanning Telesur's website the other day and a pretty interesting story caught my eye. It said that Bolivia had begun exporting …
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Bolivians Abroad Helped Evo Secure Presidency
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-26
The reelection of Evo Morales for his fourth term as President of Bolivia was possible thanks to the votes of Bolivians residing abroad, according to an investigation carried out by Fato's Brazil. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Morales Officially Wins Presidency | "Bolivian immigrants, who live in neighboring countries that have neoliberal governments, gave the winning candidate a wide margin of difference over his opponent Carlos Mesa: 61 percentage points of advantage in Brazil and 74 percentage points…
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Butina's case is 'prosecutorial overreach': She did nothing illegal, but got 'harsh sentence' — freed gun activist's lawyer
rt.com | 2019-10-26
Russian gun activist Maria Butina, who has spent over a year behind bars in the US on charges of being an unregistered Russian lobbyist, was essentially innocent but was caught up in anti-Russian witch hunts, her lawyer told RT. | Butina came to the US on a student visa in 2016 and was actively involved in pro-gun circles, namely the National Rifle Association (NRA) with a stated goal of expanding gun laws in Russia, which are quite restrictive. Yet, she was detained by the FBI in July 2018 on suspicion of conspiring to infiltrate the lobby group to promote Russian interests in the US. | The American media…
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Justice Department probe of Russia-Trump inquiry has become a "criminal investigation"
wsws.org | 2019-10-26
The Trump administration is using the Justice Department investigation as a counterweight to the House impeachment inquiry.
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The Pentagon's Map of Afghanistan: An Eldorado of Mineral Wealth and Natural Resources
Nikolai Malishevski | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
Of relevance to an understanding of America's ongoing military and economic agenda in Afghanistan as well as its confrontation with Russia and China. First published in August 2012 (translated from Russian) | Curious information surfaced in the media [2012] — based …
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Trump shifts from ending "forever wars" to sending tanks into Syria's oil fields
wsws.org | 2019-10-26
While pitched as a defense against ISIS, the proposed occupation of the oil fields is aimed at denying vital resources to Syria's government.
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Trump's Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-10-26
There were parts of President Trump's latest speech on Syria, which, if read without the sound of The Donald's gruff, bombastic voice, sounded a whole lot like Bernie Sanders might've delivered it. | That's right, sandwiched between Trump's standard braggadocio about how he single-handedly secured "a better future for Syria and for the Middle East," and his cynical pivot to decry his opponents' supposed desire to accept "unlimited migration from war-torn regions" across the U.S. border, was one of the s…
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Everyone Is Denouncing the Syrian Rebels Now Slaughtering Kurds. But Didn't the U.S. Once Support Some of Them?
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-10-26
It's a lazy, cynical rewriting of history to pretend these groups have nothing to do with the U.S., or were never backed by the U.S., in their current form.
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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 | 2019-10-26
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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Hundreds of thousands expected to join 'historic nationwide mobilization' on eve of Trump impeachment vote
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-26
"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."
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History of World War II: America Was Providing Military Aid to the USSR, While Also Supporting Nazi Germany
Evgeniy Spitsyn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
John D. Rockefeller Jr. owned a controlling interest in Standard Oil, but the next largest stockholder was the German chemical company I. G. Farben, through which the firm sold $20 million worth of gasoline and lubricants to the Nazis.
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Climate apocalypse is coming — says US Army, eyeing opportunities for more intervention
rt.com | 2019-10-26
A new US Army report envisions a bleak near future as a consequence of climate change, with power and water shortages, refugee flows — and also more opportunities for intervention and seizing natural resources in the Arctic. | Behind the dull title of "Implications of climate change for the US Army" lies a 52-page report by a team of scientists outlining apocalyptic scenarios: conflicts driven by hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising sea levels; collapse of the US power grid and transportation; and the inability of the Army itself to provide water for its troops, to name but a few. | Yet it…
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Jane Fonda: Put Oil and Gas Executives on Trial
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-26
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.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/jane-fonda-pu…

Italy: Government Addresses Migration Issues With Rescue NGOs
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-26
Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese on Friday held a meeting in Rome with representatives of humanitarian organizations that save lives in the Mediterranean to address issues related to migration to this European country. | RELATED: | Italian Govt. Allows Ocean Viking to Bring 176 Migrants Ashore | "It is a first step towards a direct dialogue…
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Microsoft bags $10bn Pentagon contract for JEDI 'war cloud' project, edging out presumed frontrunner Amazon
rt.com | 2019-10-26
After months of wrangling over the bidding process, tech giant Microsoft has landed the job to develop the Pentagon's multi-billion dollar "war cloud" storage system, a contract many assumed would go to Amazon. | Dubbed JEDI for short, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project has been in the works since November 2017, and sets out to revamp the Pentagon's computer storage system, upgrading to a remote "cloud" setup. It's not hard to see why tech firms have jumped at the opportunity to land the decade-long contract, however, worth a hefty $10 billion. | "This contract will address critical and urgent…
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Trident Is the Crime
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-26
On October 24, following a three-day trial in Brunswick, GA, seven Catholic Workers who acted to disarm a nuclear submarine base were convicted on three felony counts and one misdemeanor. The defendants face 20 years in prison, yet they emerged from their trial seeming quite ready for next steps in their ongoing witness. Steve Kelly, …
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Neoliberal Globalization: Is There an Alternative to Plundering the Earth?
Prof. Claudia von Werlhof | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
Is there an alternative to making war? Is there an alternative to destroying the planet? No one asks these questions because they seem absurd…
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The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS
Washington's Blog | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
Global Research Editor's Note: | First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington. | See Screenshots Below from the title …
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Nikola Tesla on Wireless Technology, Describes a Cell Phone Back in 1926
Nikola Tesla | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
"The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature …
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Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF
Ernst Wolff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
The following text is the forward to Ernst Wolff's book entitled : Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF, Tectum Verlag Marburg, 2014, www.tectum-verlag.de. The book is available in English and German. First posted on …
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Electromagnetic and Informational Weapons: The Remote Manipulation of the Human Brain
Mojmir Babacek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
From our archives. This important article first published by GR in August 2004 brings to the forefront the role of Psychotronic weapons as an instrument of modern warfare. | It should be understood, that Electromagnetic and Informational Weapons are fully operational …
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College Education in America: "Learning to Be Stupid in the Culture of Cash"
Luciana Bohne | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
Incisive and provocative analysis first published by Global Research in August 2003. | You might think that reading about a Podunk University's English teacher's attempt to connect the dots between the poverty of American education and the gullibility of the American …
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"Le guerre di Siria": resistenza, istruzioni per l'uso
Majed Nehmé | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
"Mentono … e sanno che mentono … e sanno che noi sappiamo che mentono … Eppure continuano a mentire sempre più forte" | è la frase, scritta da Naguib Mahfouz, che Michel Raimbaud mette in evidenza nel suo libro "Les | …
globalresearch.ca/le-guerre-di-siria-res…

Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis, Ecstasy: How Big is the Global Drug Trade?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-26
First published in May 2014 | Of relevance to the current debate on Heroin addiction and opioids in the USA. | Narcotics is big business. | 90 percent of the heroin consumed in the US comes from Afghanistan | *** | refresh if image fails …
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More evidence of cover-up of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
wsws.org | 2019-10-26
The damning disclosures underscore why the government is intensifying its efforts to suppress media freedom.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/26/afgh…

Charter School Advocates Are Hypocritical and Out-of-Touch
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-26
On Monday, October 21, 2019, democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren issued her plan for K-12 public education. In it, she outlines her opposition to charter schools. A brief excerpt from a section of the plan titled, Combating the Privatization and Corruption of Our Public Schools, states: To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/charter-schoo…

Senator Warren is Exactly Right
Dean Baker | commondreams.org | 2019-10-26
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Government loophole sacrificed $18 billion to Big Oil
Jordan Davidson | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-26
The loophole dates back to a 1995 law that urged companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico by offering oil companies a break from paying royalties on the oil produced.
nationofchange.org/2019/10/26/government…

Man charged with killing 39 people who were found dead in the back of a lorry
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-26
A lorry driver has been charged with killing 39 people who were found dead in a trailer in Essex.Maurice Robinson, 25, is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 28 October.He is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.Robinson, who is known as Mo and is from Northern Ireland, was arrested shortly after the bodies of eight women and 31 men were found in the refrigerated trailer in an industrial park in Grays in the early hours of Wednesday.The charges came after a man wanted by Essex Police as part of the invest…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/10/26/man-char…

Hillary Clinton Spoils the Party
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2019-10-26
In the middle of October, Hillary Clinton managed to perform a minor political miracle. By baselessly speculating that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was a "favorite of the Russians" and preparing to run as an independent, she revived one of the more quixotic, eccentric and moribund campaigns of this election cycle while spoiling a primary that has proved shockingly substantive for a major party in the United States. | Gabbard "clapped back," tweeting that Hillary was "the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party." The congresswoman then p…
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The Frenzy About Russia Has Undermined Progressive Agendas
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-26
When Donald Trump won the presidency, crucial questions begged to be addressed: How could it happen? Was Hillary Clinton seen by voters as too close to Wall Street, too aligned with wealthy elites? Was Bernie Sanders correct that loyalty to the billionaire class would undermine the Democratic ticket's appeal to working-class voters? | Those were hardly the kinds of questions that Democratic Party leaders and corporate media wanted to put in the national spotlight. Instead, they quickly shifted the focus [mdash…
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A million people march in Chile to protest against the government
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-26
Hundreds of thousands of protesters have marched in Chile's capital, intensifying pressure on a government struggling to contain deadly unrest over economic hardship.The huge throng surged toward a central plaza on 25 October as participants blew whistles, banged pots and pans and carried Chilean flags and posters demanding change.The diverse crowd included students, workers, parents and their children."All of Chile is marching here," Santiago mayor Karla Rubilar said, adding that there was hope as well as sadness among the demonstrators.According to Chile's human rights watchdog, more than 2,000 people have been…
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Impeachment Now? Or Never?
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-10-26
NPML | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
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Climate Crisis: What Can You Do – Learn more on 11/13 at 6pm
League of Women Voters | indybay.org | 2019-10-26
League of Women Voters Oakland in collaboration with other community partners is hosting a "Community Round-table on: Climate Crisis in Oakland: What We Can Do".
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Right a Bell for Peace
Veteran For Peace, Chapter 101 | indybay.org | 2019-10-26
corner of Fourth and Santa Clara Streets | San Jose, California…
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SF Protesters Demand Piñera Out! Stop Military Terror In Chile
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-10-26
Dozens of Chileans and Chilean Americans protested the president and military repression in Chile…
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More Troops/Tanks To Syria Confirmed, OPCW Whistleblower, Barr's PreCrime & Mossad Clinton Blackmail
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
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 (10/25/19). 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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New blow for US imperialism as Bolivia re-elects Evo Morales
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-26
anti-imperialism Fiona EdwardsIssue 1243 Bolivia BoliviaOctober 26, 2019Bolivian president Evo Morales, whose government has overseen improving living standards and a dramatic reduction in poverty while in power, has been re-elected. This is yet another blow for the ongoin…
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Hundreds to walk through London overnight to raise awareness of suicide
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-26
Nearly 1,000 people are expected to walk across central London overnight on 26 October to raise awareness of suicide. | The Lost Hours walk, organised by mental health charity Calm, aims to give those affected by suicide "an opportunity to deal with grief differently and defiantly". | It is the first of its kind to be organised and will begin at 11pm. | Walkers can choose to walk a 20-mile route from Greenwich to the Oval and back again, via Big Ben, or a shorter 10-mile route that finishes at the halfway point. | "We can't bring Ade back or change what has happened, but we can do something positive in his memory…
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It's no wonder rape survivors fear they will not be believed, commissioner warns
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-26
People who are raped face a "culture of disbelief" when trying to obtain justice, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said.Dame Vera Baird QC said a combination of myths surrounding rape and a drop in the number of people prosecutions, despite record volumes of cases being reported to police, meant many survivors feel like they were unsupported by the criminal justice system.Dame Vera told the PA news agency how the lack of convictions was particularly disappointing given the good work of the #MeToo campaign in encouraging survivors to come forward.The former Northumbria police and crime commissio…
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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/25/bord…

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

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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Over 1 Million People March in Chile's Largest Protest
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
Over 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 mi…
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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.
therealnews.com/stories/jane-fonda-oil-g…

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…

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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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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Protests planned in 20 countries against PUMA's support for illegal Israeli settlements
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-10-25
Protests planned in 20 countries against PUMA's support for illegal Israeli settlements: UpdateActions in more than 50 locations are planned as part of a coordinated initiative to protest PUMA's sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes football teams in illegal Israeli settlements. | Red Card Israel Boycott PumaOctober 26…
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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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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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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.
theintercept.com/2019/10/25/mark-zuckerb…

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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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 …
globalresearch.ca/neoliberal-ghost-pinoc…

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.
mintpressnews.com/william-barr-formally-…

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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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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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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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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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 Conman Theory of History
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
"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"
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Blame the Economic Policies, Not the Robots
Jared Bernstein, Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
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…
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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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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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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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China, Brazil Meet and Agree To Bolster Strategic Cooperation
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-25
China's policy to develop relations with Brazil from a strategic height and long-term perspective remains unchanged and their mutually beneficial cooperation will embrace a brighter future, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Friday. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Harden Anti-Terrorist Law to Avoid 'Another Chile' | Xi's remarks came as he held talks with Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. | Xi said the world today is marked by…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-Brazil-Mee…

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.
progressive.org/dispatches/worthington-m…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/libra-and-calibra-face…

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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