Daily Archives: October 30, 2019

2019-10-30: News Headlines

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (2019-10-30). Free Speech: Trump Administration Rescinds Planned Anti-Protest Rules. globalresearch.ca In an extraordinary victory for the people, the Trump Administration has announced that it is fully withdrawing its massive anti-democratic plan to block free speech and assembly through proposed regulations that would have crushed protest on federal land in the …

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-30). In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard. truthdig.com "The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you're accountable." —Arundhati Roy | Once again, Arundhati Roy—the esteemed Indian author and activist—more eloquently described what I'm feeling than I could ever hope to. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a lifetime in the Army and burying several brave young men for no goo…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-30). Michel Chossudovsky: Biographical Summary. globalresearch.ca There are a number of deliberate "errors" and omissions in Michel Chossudovsky's wikipedia entry. | The same applies to the wikipedia entry for Global Research which has been merged with Chossudovsky's entry. | Below is a biographical summary focussing on Chossudovsky's …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-30). Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways. globalresearch.ca Among Washington's strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

James J. Zogby (2019-10-30). 'Attention Must be Paid' to the Sufferings of the Palestinian People. globalresearch.ca With mass protests roiling Lebanon and Iraq, unsettling developments in Syria and Yemen, and the latest episode of the continuing soap opera that calls itself Israeli politics, little attention is being given to the plight of the Palestinians. One consequence …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2019-10-30). British Government Retains Julian Assange in a Maximum Security Prison at the Behest of Trump Regime. globalresearch.ca At his latest extradition hearing Julian Assange was once again denied justice by a British court. | If extradited to the U.S. he faces 175 years imprisonment for revealing American war crimes committed during its regime change wars in Iraq and …

Kathy Kelly (2019-10-30). Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq. counterpunch.org Sunday morning, President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr Al- Baghdadi and three of his children. President Trump said Al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, was fleeing U.S. military forces, in a tunnel, and then killed himself by detonating a suicide vest he wore. In 2004, Al-Baghdadi had been captured by U.S. forces and, for More

RT (2019-10-30). 1 killed as rocket hits checkpoint 'METERS' from US embassy in Baghdad. rt.com A rocket has struck a checkpoint inside Baghdad's Green Zone, killing one Iraqi soldier and injuring another, Iraq's security forces have confirmed. It struck some 50 meters from the gates to the US Embassy, media reports say. | Two rockets were reportedly fired into the heavily fortified Green Zone area of Baghdad on Wednesday night. Iraqi military sources confirmed one soldier was killed and another wounded, but did not elaborate. | Some media reports indicated, however, that the area was targeted by mortar fire. | The Green Zone is a walled-off district in the heart of the Iraqi capital where government bui…

WSWS (2019-10-30). Iraqi regime responds to mass protests with brutal crackdown. wsws.org The Iraqi police and security services have killed at least 250 people and injured thousands in a crackdown against the mass protests that erupted earlier this month.

Staff (2019-10-30). New Research Shows Rising Sea Levels Could Wipe Out Major Cities by 2050. truthout.org Ho Chi Minh City, along with the rest of southern Vietnam, " could all but disappear" by 2050. | Bangkok, Thailand, currently home to over eight million people, is under severe threat. | Basra, Iraq, the nation's second-largest city, "could be mostly underwater" by mid-century. | Those are just some of the alarming conclusions of a new research paper on the dire global consequences of rising sea le…

teleSUR (2019-10-30). Iraqi PM Loses Two Main Backers as Resignation is Imminent. telesurenglish.net The Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi suffered a major blow on Wednesday when his two main backers agreed to work to remove him from office. The loss of these two main backers comes as protests against his government gained momentum in Baghdad and much of the Shi'ite south only to be met with violence. | RELATED: | Iraqi Protests Intensify After PM Refuses Early Elections | According to reports, populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who leads parliament's largest bloc, had as…

teleSUR (2019-10-30). Chile Suspends Hosting of APEC and COP25. telesurenglish.net Chile has withdrawn as host of an APEC trade summit in November where the United States and China had been expected to take major steps toward ending a 15-month-old trade war that has slowed world economic growth. | RELATED: | Chile: Thousands March, Demand Constitution Change | Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said he had taken the "painful" decision to cancel the summit in Santiago, as well as a high-profile international gathering on climate change in December, to focus on restoring law…

Special to Workers World (2019-10-30). Protests across the U.S. tell Greyhound: ICE off our buses! workers.org Demonstrations targeting Greyhound for its collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement took place in a national day of action in cities across the U.S. on Oct. 25. The coordinated actions were in response to a call from a coalition of organizations, including Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere (FIRE), Laundry . . . | Continue reading Protests across the U.S. tell Greyhound: ICE off our buses! at Workers.org

Randi Nord (2019-10-30). Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on April 8, 2019, several months prior to the ongoing protest movement and civil strife in Lebanon. The analysis presented in this article is not corroborated by secondary sources. | We were unable to verify the …

Randi Nord (2019-10-30). Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on April 8, 2019, several months prior to the ongoing protest movement and civil strife in Lebanon. The analysis presented in this article is not corroborated by secondary sources. | *** | During his visit with US …

Scott Ritter (2019-10-30). Russia Isn't Getting the Recognition It Deserves on Syria. truthdig.com At a time when the credibility of the United States as either an unbiased actor or reliable ally lies in tatters, Russia has emerged as the one major power whose loyalty to its allies is unquestioned, and whose ability to serve as an honest broker between seemingly intractable opponents is unmatched. | If there is to be peace in Syria, it will be largely due to the patient efforts of Moscow employing deft negotiation, backed up as needed by military force, to shape conditions conducive for a political solution to a violent problem. If ever there was a primer for the art of diplomacy, the experience of Russia in S…

Steven Sahiounie (2019-10-30). "We're Keeping the Oil" says Trump: Military Conflict Between Russia and the US Looms in Northeast Syria. globalresearch.ca U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper explained in a press conference Tuesday, that a new U.S. force will be stationed in eastern Syria to protect the oil fields. Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon reporter, pressed Esper on whether the US military …

South Front (2019-10-30). Video: Kurdish SDF Withdraw, Syrian Army Reinforces Positions on Turkish Border, US Forces Remain in Eastern Bank of Euphrates. globalresearch.ca On October 27, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they have started withdrawal from the Turkish border in the framework of the de-escalation zone agreement reached by Presidents Erdogan and Putin. The SDF said that Syrian border guards …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-30). Trump's Phony Pretext to "Protect" Syria against ISIS: US Occupation and Plunder of Syrian Oil Prevails. globalresearch.ca US aggression in Syria is all about eliminating its sovereign independence, gaining another imperial trophy, installing puppet rule, plundering its resources, exploiting its people, removing an Israeli rival, and isolating Iran — ahead of stepped up hostile actions against its …

Press TV (2019-10-30). Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee a Sign of Hope for Syrian People. dissidentvoice.org 29 October 2019 Peter Koenig Transcript of a PressTV Interview following a live press Conference by the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey at the UN Geneva, Switzerland Background GENEVA, October 28 (Xinhua) — The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said here on Monday that the Constitutional Committee's launch should be a …

Staff (2019-10-30). Chomsky: Trump's Actions on Syria Reflect the Foreign Policy of a Con Man. truthout.org Donald Trump's handling of U.S. foreign policy with Syria has baffled and angered both the diplomatic and military establishments in the United States. Nonetheless, he continues to maintain power as "an effective con man who has a good sense of what animates his voting base," Noam Chomsky argues in the exclusive interview for Truthout that follows. | Trump rose to power with the aid of vitriolic but disingenuous "anti-establishment" rhetoric that appealed to millions of disgruntled voters. Essenti…

Mark Taliano (2019-10-30). Fake Narratives as Cover for High Crimes. The Al Baghdadi ISIS-Daesh "Fairytale" globalresearch.ca Western stories about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are meant to confuse, to distract, and to strengthen fake narratives. | First, the West supports Daesh in Syria (and beyond). It isn't a secret. High profile people such as Tulsi Gabbard even admit it….

Peter Koenig (2019-10-30). Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee — A Sign of Hope for Syrian People. globalresearch.ca Background | The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said here on Monday that the Constitutional Committee's launch should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people. | Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Pedersen said that the …

Margaret Kimberley (2019-10-30). The Baghdadi Scam. commondreams.org Americans may snicker when Trump pays homage to an army dog that he says helped to track Baghdadi but they should remember that Bush and Obama and now Trump are responsible for far greater suffering. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-30). Top Trump Adviser Steps Down Ahead of Impeachment Testimony. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's top adviser for Russian and European affairs is leaving his job at the White House, a day before he's scheduled to testify before the House impeachment investigators, a senior administration official said Wednesday. | Tim Morrison owes his job at the National Security Council to Trump, but his testimony Thursday in the House impeachment inquiry might be central to a push to remove the president from office. | A senior administration official said Morrison "has decided to pursue other opportunities." The official, who was not authorized to discuss Morrison's job and spok…

RT (2019-10-30). 'Rupublicans' should fight 'infair' impeachment: Trump tweet typos set Resistance tongues wagging again. rt.com US President Donald Trump has urged his party to push back on the "impeachment nonsense" — but his early morning typos are feeding the trolls and the online 'Resistance,' convinced that they will get him this time. | Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Trump repeated that the transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "totally appropriate" and called the Democrat-led impeachment process "just a continuation of the Witch Hunt Hoax" — meaning the debunked Russian collusion conspiracy. | He managed to misspell a few things, however. | | In the sea of hostile responses ever…

RT (2019-10-30). Russian MoD Doubts Trump's Announcement of Killing ISIS Chief al-Baghdadi. dissidentvoice.org There's no credible data to prove a successful American raid took place against Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Russia's Defense Ministry said. The US coalition didn't even carry out any airstrikes in Idlib recently. Earlier, Trump made a rare Sunday address from the White House informing the world that al-Baghdadi was eliminated in northwest …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-10-30). Who Was the "Bigger Terrorist": Al-Baghdadi or Osama Bin Laden? globalresearch.ca Although President Trump claimed in his address to the American public after the killing of al-Baghdadi that he was a "bigger terrorist" than Osama bin Laden, fact of the matter is the Islamic State's self-styled caliph was simply a …

Jaideep Hardikar (2019-10-30). Belated Rains, Beleaguered Farmers: the Climate Crisis in Bhandara. counterpunch.org Inside a tiny hole on the hardened soil lies a dead crab, its legs severed from its body. "They are dying of the heat," says Devendra Bhongade, pointing at holes all over his five-acre paddy farm. If it had rained, you'd see crabs swarming in the water on the farm, incubating, he adds, standing amid More

Jill Richardson (2019-10-30). We Need Publicly Owned Utilities. commondreams.org The wildfires—and the climate crisis that's making them worse—are public problems. The reliability of our power grid is a public need. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Deirdre Griswold (2019-10-30). The real enemies of the planet. workers.org A map of the world, recently circulated online, claims to identify the world's worst offenders responsible for the climate crisis. It named energy ministers in scores of countries — rich and poor, imperialist and oppressed — as equally the culprits for the biggest challenge facing humanity. The map was no . . . | Continue reading The real enemies of the planet at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-10-30). US House of Reps Votes to Recognize Armenian Genocide. telesurenglish.net The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote instantly denounced by Turkey. | RELATED: | US House Democrats Ready Impeachment Rules, as 1st Trump Official Testifies | The Democratic-controlled House voted 405-11 in favor of a resolution asserting that it is U.S. policy to commemorate as genocide the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoma…

Miko Peled (2019-10-30). At This Year's J Street Conference, "Progressive" Pols Bow to Israel While Preaching Peace. mintpressnews.com Progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders should be credited for finally offering solutions to decades-old Israeli Human rights violations, but those solutions are often little more than talking points designed to placate their base and appease Israel.

Lawrence Wittner (2019-10-30). The Widening Gap Between the Super-Rich and Other Americans. counterpunch.org Despite the upbeat words from America's billionaire president about the "economic miracle" he has produced, economic inequality in the United States is on the rise. In August 2019, the Economic Policy Institute reported that, in 2018, the average pay of CEOs at America's 350 top firms hit $17.2 million―an increase, when adjusted for inflation, of More

Johnnie Lewis (2019-10-30). Harlan County, Kentucky, coal miners win $5 million. workers.org Coal miners in Harlan County, Ky., have won a historic victory for more than 1,000 workers fired in July by the bankrupt Blackjewel coal company. In an unusual bankruptcy settlement, the Harlan County miners, as well as others in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, were awarded $5.47 million in wages . . . | Continue reading Harlan County, Kentucky, coal miners win $5 million at Workers.org

Staff (2019-10-30). 'Horrifying' Climate Study Finds We Have Less Time Than We Think. truthdig.com According to the latest findings from Nature Communications, rising sea levels could wipe out major cities and displace millions by 2050.

Scott Silver (2019-10-30). On Those California Fires. counterpunch.org As California burns, the press is offering all number of explanations for why this is so; naming everything from drought and climate change, to lack of sufficient acres of prescribed burns and forest thinning, to the failure of PG&E to properly maintain the electrical grid. The 'problems', or so the press would have the public More

Marlee Kokotovic (2019-10-30). Climate activist Greta Thunberg declines Nordic environmental prize saying "the climate movement does not need any more awards" nationofchange.org "I have received the Nordic Council's environmental award 2019. I have decided to decline this prize."

RT (2019-10-30). Climate change denial is the new 'flat Earth' & causes WILDFIRES, California ex-governor testifies. rt.com Add California's wildfires to the list of problems caused by US President Donald Trump. The state's former governor has warned Trump and his fellow Republicans that "the blood is on your soul"… for denying climate change. | "California's burning while the deniers make a joke out of the standards that protect us all. The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up," former governor Jerry Brown snarled, during a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Trump administration's recent decision to bar California from setting its own auto emissions standards. "This is not politics, this is life, this is moral…

commondreams (2019-10-30). 350.org on Rex Tillerson's Testimony in NY v. Exxon trial: "Tillerson Is a Climate Criminal." commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-10-30). Gender Lens Investing Tool Adds Sustainability Report Card, Grading Funds on Climate, Deforestation, and Weapons. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ruth Milka (2019-10-30). As the planet warms and mosquitos thrive, one billion people could be exposed to new diseases. nationofchange.org "The risk of disease transmission is a serious problem, even over the next few decades."

Tim Wheeler (2019-10-30). Rep. John Conyers: 53 years fighting for peace, justice, equality. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—I covered Rep. John Conyers, D., Mich., for the entire 25 years I was the Washington correspondent for the Daily World and People's Daily World. He was always in the front lines of whatever struggle was at the top of the people's agenda. Yet often, he introduced legislation years before the issue became a burning …

teleSUR (2019-10-30). 1st International Indigenous Congress Kicks Off in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The 1st International Congress of Native Peoples has begun Tuesday in Venezuela and will last until Thursday, as part of the strategic actions that were outlined during the 25th Forum of Sao Paolo last month. | RELATED: | Venezuela Boosts Ties of Brotherhood With US Indigenous People | One of the focus will be the creation of an international movement of native peoples, along with a collective agenda for the fight against foreign intervention, extractivism, and for the rights o…

John Wojcik (2019-10-30). Trump sinks deeper into the impeachment mud with each passing day. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2019-10-30). Bolton Summoned; First Big Vote Set on Impeachment Probe. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — House investigators are summoning former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in their impeachment inquiry, deepening their reach into the White House as the probe accelerates toward a potential vote to remove the president. | Democratic lawmakers want to hear next week from Bolton, the hawkish former adviser who openly sparred over the administration's approach to Ukraine, in particular President Donald Trump's reliance on his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for a back-channel operation. Bolton once derided Giuliani's work as a "drug deal" and said he wanted no part of it, accordin…

Victor Grossman (2019-10-30). Election Rollercoaster in Eastern Germany. counterpunch.org Germany is really riding a rollercoaster these days, but this is no amusement park; there's lots of suspense but rarely joy — and quite a few politicians are very unwell! Not only politicians! Well then, who's climbing, who's plunging? Look quick — it's moving fast! Heading screechingly downward are the two traditionally main parties: the so-called More

CP Editor (2019-10-30). Who Burned the Bronx? counterpunch.org

Bill Hatch (2019-10-30). When Justice Delayed Means Extinction: the Case of the Delta Smelt. counterpunch.org The signature event of the 2019 California Water Year is the arrival of extinction for the Delta smelt, a two-inch, nearly transparent fish at the bottom of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta food chain. The smelt's demise signals critical dangers for two species of Coho salmon, one species of Steelhead and resident killer whales that feed More

George Ochenski (2019-10-30). Trump's War on the Free Press Reeks of Dictatorship. counterpunch.org Donald Trump seems to think the United States is some kind of banana republic. He has already defied the standards of nepotism and inserted his daughter and son-in-law into the highest levels of our government. As for robbing the Treasury like the dictators he admires, it's tough to ignore funneling taxpayer funds to his private More

Stephen Cooper (2019-10-30). Talking with The Mighty Diamonds: "Harmony Can Never Go Out of Style" counterpunch.org On September 25th at the Dub Club in Los Angeles, I interviewed one of the best reggae bands ever, the Mighty Diamonds. What follows is a transcript of that interview; it has been modified only slightly for clarity and space considerations. Q: Tabby, Judge, and Joe, thank you for this interview[, and] great show tonight! It's More

Dave Stalling (2019-10-30). Grizzlies, Helicopters and the North Cascades: Fighting for the Integrity of Wilderness is Not a "Mental Illness" counterpunch.org I don't know much about Conservation Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to "protecting, connecting and restoring wildlands and wildlife" from the Washington Coast to the British Columbia Rockies. I like what I do know. I know it's an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, a good organization I used to work for and continue to More

T.P. Wilkinson (2019-10-30). The Temperature Movement: The Reincarnation of a Perennial Anglo-American Obsession. dissidentvoice.org There are two basic fields in which more than a century of critical writing and education has made no impact whatsoever on what for convenience I will call the Anglo-American progressives, some of whom apparently like to think of them as members of the Left. Here is not the place to discuss the meanwhile virtual …

RT (2019-10-30). Woker than woke? Obama CANCELS 'call out' culture, tells Americans 'good people have flaws'. rt.com Cancel culture and "woke" political correctness has found a new and surprising critic in former US president Barack Obama, who warned American liberals about the folly of demanding ideological "purity" from everyone around them. | Speaking at his annual Obama Foundation summit on Tuesday, the former president blasted the current liberal trend toward 'calling out' and 'cancelling' anyone who says or does something which is not considered 'woke' enough for the modern age. | This idea of purity… and you're never compromised and you're always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly.

RT (2019-10-30). Colorado police who blew up family's house with CHEMICAL BOMBS just to catch a shoplifter owe them NOTHING, court rules. rt.com A Colorado family whose house was destroyed in a 19-hour standoff between police and an armed shoplifter is not entitled to any compensation from the department that rendered them homeless, an appeals court has ruled. | Police who deployed explosives and armored vehicles to flush out a man —who'd stolen two belts and a shirt from a Greenwood Village Walmart— from the house of Leo and Alfonsia Lech, are not required to compensate the couple for destroying their home, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on…

Editor (2019-10-30). No solo una guerra comercial. workers.org øQué hay realmente detrás de las difíciles negociaciones comerciales entre los Estados Unidos y la China Popular? øEs, como ha afirmado la administración, que China no estaba comprando suficientes productos agrícolas estadounidenses? China se ha convertido en un gran mercado para los agricultores del Medio Oeste de EE. UU., que . . . | Continue reading No solo una guerra comercial at Workers.org

Justin McCarthy (2019-10-30). Big Pharma Sinks to the Bottom of U.S. Industry Rankings. globalresearch.ca The pharmaceutical industry is now the most poorly regarded industry in Americans' eyes, ranking last on a list of 25 industries that Gallup tests annually. Americans are more than twice as likely to rate the pharmaceutical industry negatively (58%) as …

Larry Romanoff (2019-10-30). Robert McNamara's Infamous "Project 100,000" and the Vietnam War. A Premeditated Crime against Humanity. globalresearch.ca In the very long list of shocking and abominable atrocities committed by the US, there is one that stands out as especially obscene for the appalling and hypocritical inhumanity of US Government leaders. This was "Project 100,000", a US military …

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-30). Beirut Is Burning: Rebellion Against the Elites Has Commenced. globalresearch.ca Tires are burning, smoke is rising towards the sky. It is October, the 18th day of the month, the capital city of Lebanon, in the past known as the "Paris of the East", is covered in smoke. | For years I …

Landee Martin (2019-10-30). Is There a Vaccine Cancer Connection? globalresearch.ca First published in October 2018 | "This vaccine has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potentials or impairment of fertility." | This phrase or one similar can be found on just about every vaccine package insert and should be justification …

F. William Engdahl (2019-10-30). "Let Them Eat Cotton" : Genetically Modified Cotton as a "Solution to Human Hunger"? Approved by FDA. globalresearch.ca US Government regulators have approved a genetically modified cotton variety as a "potential solution to human hunger." The radical decision is to permit consumption by humans, in addition to animals, of seeds of a GMO cotton developed at Texas A&M …

Ashoka Mukpo (2019-10-30). I Went to Mexico to Meet Asylum-Seekers Trapped at the Border. This Is What I Saw. globalresearch.ca Two weeks ago, I traveled to northern Mexico along with Mexican photographer Guillermo Arias to meet with asylum-seekers who've been trapped at the southern U.S. border by Trump Administration policies. Neither of us was prepared for what we saw there….

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-30). Boris Johnson Against Parliament. globalresearch.ca A pretty odd thing, this. The prime minister of Britain, supposedly of the conservative creed, making an almost violent dash against both parliament and the courts of law. While his presence is barely a patch on Margaret Thatcher, there is …

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-10-30). Our Vanishing World: Insects. globalresearch.ca About 12,000 years ago, late stone age humans precipitated the neolithic (agricultural) revolution that marked the start of the steady rise to civilization. Coincidentally, this occurred at the same time as the beginning of what is now known as the …

WSWS (2019-10-30). Democrats to hold House vote to authorize impeachment inquiry. wsws.org The political character of those within the military and intelligence agencies with whom the Democrats are aligned is reflected in the Trump officials who have defied White House orders and agreed to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

Kary Love (2019-10-30). Of Course a US President can Murder Somebody Without Legal jeopardy—Ain't That Great! counterpunch.org During his campaign for president, Donald Trump said that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" without losing voters. Now, in a case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (and probably when appealed to the US Supreme Court), the president's attorney William Consovoy told the three-judge panel that immunity would also More

Scott Owen (2019-10-30). As I Walked Out to the Streets to Block Traffic: Extinction Rebellion and the Battle For Life On Earth. counterpunch.org It's that time of year, in fact as they say, it's that time of life. It's that time for show-downs and choices, for heroes and villains, that time for fighting in the street. Yes, as the temperature moves to the cool of autumn the friction of action is heating things up on a global scale, More

Matthew M. Heidtmann (2019-10-30). Why Making Young School Children Observe Veterans Day Is Problematic. dissidentvoice.org Summary: Encouraging elementary school children to honor and glorify the military without a deeper understanding of militarism and war is simply indoctrination. As we approach Veterans Day in the United States, many schools across the country will engage in some sort of activities or ceremonies to commemorate this holiday and those to whom it is …

WSWS (2019-10-30). Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses meetings in war-ravaged north. wsws.org The SEP presidential candidate explained that the democratic rights of the oppressed can be achieved only in the struggle for socialism.

WSWS (2019-10-30). Britain set for December 12 general election. wsws.org MPs voted to hold what will likely be the most volatile general election in post-war British history.

WSWS (2019-10-30). Historian Victoria Bynum on the inaccuracies of the New York Times 1619 Project. wsws.org Bynum is an expert on the attitude of Southern white yeomen farmers and the poor toward slavery.

WSWS (2019-10-30). Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90. wsws.org Conyers spent most of his political career using left rhetoric in an attempt to obscure the rightward evolution of the Democratic Party.

teleSUR (2019-10-30). Three People Shot Dead at Long Beach, California Residence. telesurenglish.net Three people were killed and nine others wounded in a shooting during a Halloween party at a home in Long Beach, California, on Tuesday night, police and fire department officials said. | The scene was filled with chaos when firefighters reached the residence, Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Karen Owens said. One suspect had fled. | The three dead were all males in their 20's, police said. The condition of the wounded was not immediately made available. | People at the residence were attending a party and were wearing Halloween costumes, Owens said. | The Los Angeles Times reported that some reside…

teleSUR (2019-10-30). Bolsonaro Threatens to Cancel Brazil's Largest TV Network. telesurenglish.net Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Wednesday to cancel the license of Brazil's largest TV network, Globo, accusing it of "villainous journalism" after a report connecting him with a former police officer accused of killing a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman last year. | RELATED: | Lula Turns 74 in Prison over Unjust Convictions | TV Globo reported on Tuesday that just hours before the March 2018 murder the suspect was alleged to have told a doorman he was going to Bolsonaro's ho…

Staff (2019-10-30). Headlines for October 30, 2019. democracynow.org Vindman: White House Transcript of Trump Phone Call Omitted Key Words, Boeing CEO Grilled by Senate Lawmakers Over 737 MAX Failures, Lebanese Prime Minister Resigns Amid Massive Protests, Tens of Thousands Pour into Baghdad's Tahrir Square as Iraq Protests Continue, Anti-Government Protests in Haiti Enter their Seventh Week, Ceasefire Between Turkey and Syrian Kurds in Northern Syria Expires, House Votes for Resolution to Recognize Armenian Genocide, Journalist Max Blumenthal Says He Was Arrested on False Charges, National Weather Service Issues "Extreme Red Flag Warning" over Fires, Protesters Slam BlackRock for…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-30). Unlevelled Fields: Brexit, Workers' Rights and the Environment. counterpunch.org The smorgasbord of Brexit terms has been further plated up with the latest acronym: the WAB or Withdrawal Agreement Bill. It comes in at 115 pages, with an added bonus of 126 pages of explanatory notes. For something seemingly so significant, not much time was on offer for those in the Commons to peruse, let More

Kenneth Surin (2019-10-30). Even Bojo Johnson Can't Find His Promised Brexit Wunderland. counterpunch.org Egotistical, lazy, unscrupulous, corrupt, priapic, self-indulgent, faux-clownish but nasty underneath, sociopathic, and so forth, are just some of the adjectives used in the British media to describe Boris Johnson. Some of us on the left of course use language that is far blunter and epithet-filled. With his over-privileged background, BoJo is accustomed to having the world conform to his desires ex machina. More

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2019-10-30). Britain's Once-In-a-Lifetime Chance to Remake Society Isn't Brexit. truthdig.com As Britons head toward a December snap election, they'd do well to recall the many issues plaguing them that have nothing to do with the EU.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-10-30). 'Someone Cancel the Climate Crisis Too Please': Citing Social Unrest, Chile President Bows Out as COP25 Host. commondreams.org "The climate talks in Chile were canceled because of the very issues that are at the heart of the climate emergency: social inequality, disrespect for human rights, and an economy that prioritizes big business and polluters over the needs of everyday people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally and Jessica Corbett, staff writers (2019-10-30). As Climate Crisis-Fueled Fires Rage, Fears Grow of an 'Uninhabitable' California. commondreams.org As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-30). 'Step Up or Step Aside': With California Engulfed in Flames, Climate Activists Occupy Nancy Pelosi's Office. commondreams.org Young Californians on Wednesday demanded to know how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can look on as thousands of acres are burned in wildfires in her home state, while refusing to back a Green New Deal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-30). Environmentalists Slam 'Climate Criminal' Rex Tillerson for Spreading More Lies During Testimony in Exxon Trial. commondreams.org "As wildfires rage across California and the West, it's momentous to see Exxon's former CEO in court, on the witness stand, testifying to his role in lying to investors about climate-related risks." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-10-30). Bruce Shillingsworth: 'Why are we selling water to make profit?'. greenleft.org.au corporate greed Bruce ShillingsworthIssue 1243 Australia Water for the Rivers climate emergency SydneyOctober 30, 2019Mur…

Staff (2019-10-30). GOP Senators Serving as Impeachment Jurors Are Implicated in Trump's Misdeeds. truthout.org Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House will finally hold a formal vote dictating the rules for the impeachment inquiry, six weeks after it was launched by a whistleblower's complaint mysteriously withheld from Congress. And on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman backed up both the initial whistleblower and U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor by testifying that he too was concerned about the Trump administration's push to use congressionally-allocated military aid to Ukraine to coerce an investigatio…

Celal Cahit Agar (2019-10-30). There's more to Turkey's invasion of northern Syria than the media's reporting. thecanary.co Dr Celal Cahit Agar is a lecturer at St Andrews University, School of Management. This article was co-authored with Steffen Bà∂hm, professor in organisation studies at the University of Exeter Business School. | Turkey's recent invasion of northern Syria — i.e. " Operation Peace Spring" — sought to displace largely Kurdish communities and establish what Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan calls a 2…

The Canary (2019-10-30). Brazilian president defends policies amid recent Amazon fires. thecanary.co Brazil's president has launched a strong defence of his far-right government while on a visit to Saudi Arabia, blasting any criticism of his policies on recent fires in the Amazon region.Jair Bolsonaro also criticised French president Emmanuel Macron in a speech on Wednesday before the Future Investment Initiative in the kingdom, while praising American leader Donald Trump.Bolsonaro at one point said: "The Amazon region belongs to us."Bolsonaro praised US president Donald Trump (AP)Scientists say the vast rainforest is a bulwark against global warming as its lush vegetation absorbs heat-trapping carbon dioxide fr…

Fréa Lockley (2019-10-30). Johnson refuses to answer why 'frackers, the tax avoiders and the zero-hour exploiters' are shaping Tory policy. thecanary.co As the 2019 General Election campaign gets set to begin, news has emerged that a fracking lobbyist is writing the Conservative manifesto. The same lobbying firm also represents major tax-avoiding multinationals like Amazon. So this raises concerns that these interests could well try to shape policy. But when asked about this in Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs), Boris Johnson refused to answer. | An "outrage to democracy":…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-30). Grenfell Tower billboards appear as inquiry report faces widespread criticism. thecanary.co A Grenfell Tower campaign group has unveiled a series of billboards. These come amid widespread criticism of the inquiry into the disaster which killed 72 people in London on 14 June 2017. | "Grenfell was a microcosm of everything that is wrong with this country today": | Justice 4 Grenfell unveiled three billboards which bore the words: "Cover up 72 dead, never again", "Grenfell Inquiry Report Recommendations: Government does not have to implement…" and "How come…?". And referring to the inquiry, which is chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, Justice 4 Grenfell campaigner Judy Bolton said: I feel that t…

United Nations (2019-10-30). Iraq protests: UN calls for national talks to break 'vicious cycle' of violence. un.org The UN's most senior official in Iraq, visited protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, calling for "a national dialogue to identify prompt, meaningful responses to break the vicious cycle of violence" which has roiled the country during the past five days.

United Nations (2019-10-30). 'Historic' new Syria talks should focus on relief for war-weary civilians, says UN negotiator. un.org Work on drafting a new foundational text for war-torn Syria officially began at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday with representatives from the Syrian Government and opposition sitting face to face and preparing to discuss the country's future for the first time in the nearly nine-year conflict.

United Nations (2019-10-30). From 'strength to strength' UN-African Union security partnership growing, Security Council hears. un.org The Security Council highlighted the growing partnership on matters of peace and security between the United Nations and African Union (AU) on Wednesday amidst calls to bolster overall effectiveness.

Staff (2019-10-30). Chile Scraps Asia-Pacific and Climate Summits Amid Protests. truthdig.com SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured and businesses and infrastructure damaged. | The decision to call off the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and U.N. global climate gatherings, planned for November and December, respectively, dealt a major blow to Chile's image as a regional oasis of stability and economic development. | Piñera said he was forced to cancel both events due to the chao…

Allegra Harpootlian (2019-10-30). I Write About Endless Wars and I Keep Crying at Work. thenation.com I Write About Endless Wars and I Keep Crying at Work…

Staff (2019-10-30). Trump Says the President Is Above the Law. Don't Let This Doctrine Stand. truthout.org Donald Trump's lawyer appeared in court last week to explain an extraordinary new doctrine of presidential infallibility. Trump could, attorney William Consovoy argued before the Second Circuit's court of appeals, murder someone and be unindictable while in office. Even in a crass echo chamber era shaped by reality TV, rant-radio and social media — an echo chamber in which shamelessness has somehow, for many, m…

Jeet Heer (2019-10-30). The Party of War Has No Problem Trashing Veterans. thenation.com The Party of War Has No Problem Trashing Veterans…

WSWS (2019-10-30). Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested in Washington DC. wsws.org The independent journalist was shackled in a cage for five hours on a false charge stemming from protests at the Venezuelan embassy in April and May of this year.

Joe Emersberger (2019-10-30). Max Blumenthal Arrest Exposes Hypocrisy of Western Media and 'Human Rights' NGOs. fair.org by Joe Emersberger Grayzone ( 10/28/19) reported that its editor, Max Blumenthal, had been arrested on "fabricated charge related to the siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC." | Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal, a prominent journalistic critic of US policy toward Venezuela, was arrested by DC police on Friday, October 25, in connection with a protest at the Venezuelan embassy, and held incommunicado. But if you rely o…

Fred_F (2019-10-30). Albanese's jobs and climate doublespeak. greenleft.org.au economy Climate Pip HinmanIssue 1243 Australia Anthony AlbaneseOctober 30, 2019Labor's policy silence after its May election defeat has officially been broken with party leader Anthony Albanese's October 29 vi…

UUSF Morning Forum (2019-10-30). Impeachment, mass protest & the urgency to end the Trump Pence regime. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. at corner of Geary | San Francisco…

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-10-30). Gov. Newsom Urged to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Cars by 2030. indybay.org California's New Vehicles Study Must Meet Urgency of Climate Crisis…

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Free Speech: Trump Administration Rescinds Planned Anti-Protest Rules
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
In an extraordinary victory for the people, the Trump Administration has announced that it is fully withdrawing its massive anti-democratic plan to block free speech and assembly through proposed regulations that would have crushed protest on federal land in the …
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In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
"The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you're accountable." –Arundhati Roy | Once again, Arundhati Roy–the esteemed Indian author and activist–more eloquently described what I'm feeling than I could ever hope to. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a lifetime in the Army and burying several brave young men for no goo…
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Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
Among Washington's strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
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Michel Chossudovsky: Biographical Summary
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
There are a number of deliberate "errors" and omissions in Michel Chossudovsky's wikipedia entry. | The same applies to the wikipedia entry for Global Research which has been merged with Chossudovsky's entry. | Below is a biographical summary focussing on Chossudovsky's …
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'Attention Must be Paid' to the Sufferings of the Palestinian People
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
With mass protests roiling Lebanon and Iraq, unsettling developments in Syria and Yemen, and the latest episode of the continuing soap opera that calls itself Israeli politics, little attention is being given to the plight of the Palestinians. One consequence …
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British Government Retains Julian Assange in a Maximum Security Prison at the Behest of Trump Regime
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
At his latest extradition hearing Julian Assange was once again denied justice by a British court. | If extradited to the U.S. he faces 175 years imprisonment for revealing American war crimes committed during its regime change wars in Iraq and …
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Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
Sunday morning, President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr Al- Baghdadi and three of his children. President Trump said Al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, was fleeing U.S. military forces, in a tunnel, and then killed himself by detonating a suicide vest he wore. In 2004, Al-Baghdadi had been captured by U.S. forces and, for…
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1 killed as rocket hits checkpoint 'METERS' from US embassy in Baghdad
rt.com | 2019-10-30
A rocket has struck a checkpoint inside Baghdad's Green Zone, killing one Iraqi soldier and injuring another, Iraq's security forces have confirmed. It struck some 50 meters from the gates to the US Embassy, media reports say. | Two rockets were reportedly fired into the heavily fortified Green Zone area of Baghdad on Wednesday night. Iraqi military sources confirmed one soldier was killed and another wounded, but did not elaborate. | Some media reports indicated, however, that the area was targeted by mortar fire. | The Green Zone is a walled-off district in the heart of the Iraqi capital where government bui…
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Iraqi regime responds to mass protests with brutal crackdown
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
The Iraqi police and security services have killed at least 250 people and injured thousands in a crackdown against the mass protests that erupted earlier this month.
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New Research Shows Rising Sea Levels Could Wipe Out Major Cities by 2050
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-30
Ho Chi Minh City, along with the rest of southern Vietnam, " could all but disappear" by 2050. | Bangkok, Thailand, currently home to over eight million people, is under severe threat. | Basra, Iraq, the nation's second-largest city, "could be mostly underwater" by mid-century. | Those are just some of the alarming conclusions of a new research paper on the dire global consequences of rising sea le…
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Iraqi PM Loses Two Main Backers as Resignation is Imminent
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
The Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi suffered a major blow on Wednesday when his two main backers agreed to work to remove him from office. The loss of these two main backers comes as protests against his government gained momentum in Baghdad and much of the Shi'ite south only to be met with violence. | RELATED: | Iraqi Protests Intensify After PM Refuses Early Elections | According to reports, populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who leads parliament's largest bloc, had as…
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Chile Suspends Hosting of APEC and COP25
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
Chile has withdrawn as host of an APEC trade summit in November where the United States and China had been expected to take major steps toward ending a 15-month-old trade war that has slowed world economic growth. | RELATED: | Chile: Thousands March, Demand Constitution Change | Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said he had taken the "painful" decision to cancel the summit in Santiago, as well as a high-profile international gathering on climate change in December, to focus on restoring law…
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Chile SuspendS Hosting of APEC and COP25
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
Chile has withdrawn as host of an APEC trade summit in November where the United States and China had been expected to take major steps toward ending a 15-month-old trade war that has slowed world economic growth. | RELATED: | Chile: Thousands March, Demand Constitution Change | Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said he had taken the "painful" decision to cancel the summit in Santiago, as well as a high-profile international gathering on climate change in December, to focus on restoring law…
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Protests across the U.S. tell Greyhound: ICE off our buses!
Special to Workers World | workers.org | 2019-10-30
Demonstrations targeting Greyhound for its collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement took place in a national day of action in cities across the U.S. on Oct. 25. The coordinated actions were in response to a call from a coalition of organizations, including Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere (FIRE), Laundry . . . | Continue reading Protests across the U.S. tell Greyhound: ICE off our buses! at Workers.org
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Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion
Randi Nord | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
This article was first published on April 8, 2019, several months prior to the ongoing protest movement and civil strife in Lebanon. The analysis presented in this article is not corroborated by secondary sources. | *** | During his visit with US …
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Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion
Randi Nord | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
This article was first published on April 8, 2019, several months prior to the ongoing protest movement and civil strife in Lebanon. The analysis presented in this article is not corroborated by secondary sources. | We were unable to verify the …
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Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee — A Sign of Hope for Syrian People
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
Background | The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said here on Monday that the Constitutional Committee's launch should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people. | Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Pedersen said that the …
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The Baghdadi Scam
Margaret Kimberley | commondreams.org | 2019-10-30
Americans may snicker when Trump pays homage to an army dog that he says helped to track Baghdadi but they should remember that Bush and Obama and now Trump are responsible for far greater suffering. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee a Sign of Hope for Syrian People
Press TV | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-30
29 October 2019 Peter Koenig Transcript of a PressTV Interview following a live press Conference by the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey at the UN Geneva, Switzerland Background GENEVA, October 28 (Xinhua) — The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said here on Monday that the Constitutional Committee's launch should be a …
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Chomsky: Trump's Actions on Syria Reflect the Foreign Policy of a Con Man
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-30
Donald Trump's handling of U.S. foreign policy with Syria has baffled and angered both the diplomatic and military establishments in the United States. Nonetheless, he continues to maintain power as "an effective con man who has a good sense of what animates his voting base," Noam Chomsky argues in the exclusive interview for Truthout that follows. | Trump rose to power with the aid of vitriolic but disingenuous "anti-establishment" rhetoric that appealed to millions of disgruntled voters. Essenti…
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Fake Narratives as Cover for High Crimes. The Al Baghdadi ISIS-Daesh "Fairytale"
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
Western stories about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are meant to confuse, to distract, and to strengthen fake narratives. | First, the West supports Daesh in Syria (and beyond). It isn't a secret. High profile people such as Tulsi Gabbard even admit it….
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"We're Keeping the Oil" says Trump: Military Conflict Between Russia and the US Looms in Northeast Syria
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper explained in a press conference Tuesday, that a new U.S. force will be stationed in eastern Syria to protect the oil fields. Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon reporter, pressed Esper on whether the US military …
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Video: Kurdish SDF Withdraw, Syrian Army Reinforces Positions on Turkish Border, US Forces Remain in Eastern Bank of Euphrates
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
On October 27, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they have started withdrawal from the Turkish border in the framework of the de-escalation zone agreement reached by Presidents Erdogan and Putin. The SDF said that Syrian border guards …
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Trump's Phony Pretext to "Protect" Syria against ISIS: US Occupation and Plunder of Syrian Oil Prevails
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
US aggression in Syria is all about eliminating its sovereign independence, gaining another imperial trophy, installing puppet rule, plundering its resources, exploiting its people, removing an Israeli rival, and isolating Iran — ahead of stepped up hostile actions against its …
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Russia Isn't Getting the Recognition It Deserves on Syria
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
At a time when the credibility of the United States as either an unbiased actor or reliable ally lies in tatters, Russia has emerged as the one major power whose loyalty to its allies is unquestioned, and whose ability to serve as an honest broker between seemingly intractable opponents is unmatched. | If there is to be peace in Syria, it will be largely due to the patient efforts of Moscow employing deft negotiation, backed up as needed by military force, to shape conditions conducive for a political solution to a violent problem. If ever there was a primer for the art of diplomacy, the experience of Russia in S…
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'Rupublicans' should fight 'infair' impeachment: Trump tweet typos set Resistance tongues wagging again
rt.com | 2019-10-30
US President Donald Trump has urged his party to push back on the "impeachment nonsense" — but his early morning typos are feeding the trolls and the online 'Resistance,' convinced that they will get him this time. | Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Trump repeated that the transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "totally appropriate" and called the Democrat-led impeachment process "just a continuation of the Witch Hunt Hoax" — meaning the debunked Russian collusion conspiracy. | He managed to misspell a few things, however. | | In the sea of hostile responses ever…
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Top Trump Adviser Steps Down Ahead of Impeachment Testimony
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's top adviser for Russian and European affairs is leaving his job at the White House, a day before he's scheduled to testify before the House impeachment investigators, a senior administration official said Wednesday. | Tim Morrison owes his job at the National Security Council to Trump, but his testimony Thursday in the House impeachment inquiry might be central to a push to remove the president from office. | A senior administration official said Morrison "has decided to pursue other opportunities." The official, who was not authorized to discuss Morrison's job and spok…
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Russian MoD Doubts Trump's Announcement of Killing ISIS Chief al-Baghdadi
RT | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-30
There's no credible data to prove a successful American raid took place against Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Russia's Defense Ministry said. The US coalition didn't even carry out any airstrikes in Idlib recently. Earlier, Trump made a rare Sunday address from the White House informing the world that al-Baghdadi was eliminated in northwest …
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Who Was the "Bigger Terrorist": Al-Baghdadi or Osama Bin Laden?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
Although President Trump claimed in his address to the American public after the killing of al-Baghdadi that he was a "bigger terrorist" than Osama bin Laden, fact of the matter is the Islamic State's self-styled caliph was simply a …
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Belated Rains, Beleaguered Farmers: the Climate Crisis in Bhandara
Jaideep Hardikar | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
Inside a tiny hole on the hardened soil lies a dead crab, its legs severed from its body. "They are dying of the heat," says Devendra Bhongade, pointing at holes all over his five-acre paddy farm. If it had rained, you'd see crabs swarming in the water on the farm, incubating, he adds, standing amid…
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We Need Publicly Owned Utilities
Jill Richardson | commondreams.org | 2019-10-30
The wildfires—and the climate crisis that's making them worse—are public problems. The reliability of our power grid is a public need. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The real enemies of the planet
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2019-10-30
A map of the world, recently circulated online, claims to identify the world's worst offenders responsible for the climate crisis. It named energy ministers in scores of countries — rich and poor, imperialist and oppressed — as equally the culprits for the biggest challenge facing humanity. The map was no . . . | Continue reading The real enemies of the planet at Workers.org
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US House of Reps Votes to Recognize Armenian Genocide
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote instantly denounced by Turkey. | RELATED: | US House Democrats Ready Impeachment Rules, as 1st Trump Official Testifies | The Democratic-controlled House voted 405-11 in favor of a resolution asserting that it is U.S. policy to commemorate as genocide the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoma…
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At This Year's J Street Conference, "Progressive" Pols Bow to Israel While Preaching Peace
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-30
Progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders should be credited for finally offering solutions to decades-old Israeli Human rights violations, but those solutions are often little more than talking points designed to placate their base and appease Israel.
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The Widening Gap Between the Super-Rich and Other Americans
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
Despite the upbeat words from America's billionaire president about the "economic miracle" he has produced, economic inequality in the United States is on the rise. In August 2019, the Economic Policy Institute reported that, in 2018, the average pay of CEOs at America's 350 top firms hit $17.2 million‚Äïan increase, when adjusted for inflation, of…
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Harlan County, Kentucky, coal miners win $5 million
Johnnie Lewis | workers.org | 2019-10-30
Coal miners in Harlan County, Ky., have won a historic victory for more than 1,000 workers fired in July by the bankrupt Blackjewel coal company. In an unusual bankruptcy settlement, the Harlan County miners, as well as others in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, were awarded $5.47 million in wages . . . | Continue reading Harlan County, Kentucky, coal miners win $5 million at Workers.org
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'Horrifying' Climate Study Finds We Have Less Time Than We Think
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
According to the latest findings from Nature Communications, rising sea levels could wipe out major cities and displace millions by 2050.
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On Those California Fires
Scott Silver | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
As California burns, the press is offering all number of explanations for why this is so; naming everything from drought and climate change, to lack of sufficient acres of prescribed burns and forest thinning, to the failure of PG&E to properly maintain the electrical grid. The 'problems', or so the press would have the public…
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Climate change denial is the new 'flat Earth' & causes WILDFIRES, California ex-governor testifies
rt.com | 2019-10-30
Add California's wildfires to the list of problems caused by US President Donald Trump. The state's former governor has warned Trump and his fellow Republicans that "the blood is on your soul"… for denying climate change. | "California's burning while the deniers make a joke out of the standards that protect us all. The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up," former governor Jerry Brown snarled, during a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Trump administration's recent decision to bar California from setting its own auto emissions standards. "This is not politics, this is life, this is moral…
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Climate activist Greta Thunberg declines Nordic environmental prize saying "the climate movement does not need any more awards"
Marlee Kokotovic | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-30
"I have received the Nordic Council's environmental award 2019. I have decided to decline this prize."
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Gender Lens Investing Tool Adds Sustainability Report Card, Grading Funds on Climate, Deforestation, and Weapons
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350.org on Rex Tillerson's Testimony in NY v. Exxon trial: "Tillerson Is a Climate Criminal."
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As the planet warms and mosquitos thrive, one billion people could be exposed to new diseases
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-30
"The risk of disease transmission is a serious problem, even over the next few decades."
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Rep. John Conyers: 53 years fighting for peace, justice, equality
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON–I covered Rep. John Conyers, D., Mich., for the entire 25 years I was the Washington correspondent for the Daily World and People's Daily World. He was always in the front lines of whatever struggle was at the top of the people's agenda. Yet often, he introduced legislation years before the issue became a burning …
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1st International Indigenous Congress Kicks Off in Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
The 1st International Congress of Native Peoples has begun Tuesday in Venezuela and will last until Thursday, as part of the strategic actions that were outlined during the 25th Forum of Sao Paolo last month. | RELATED: | Venezuela Boosts Ties of Brotherhood With US Indigenous People | One of the focus will be the creation of an international movement of native peoples, along with a collective agenda for the fight against foreign intervention, extractivism, and for the rights o…
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"Let Them Eat Cotton" : Genetically Modified Cotton as a "Solution to Human Hunger"? Approved by FDA
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
US Government regulators have approved a genetically modified cotton variety as a "potential solution to human hunger." The radical decision is to permit consumption by humans, in addition to animals, of seeds of a GMO cotton developed at Texas A&M …
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Is There a Vaccine Cancer Connection?
Landee Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
First published in October 2018 | "This vaccine has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potentials or impairment of fertility." | This phrase or one similar can be found on just about every vaccine package insert and should be justification …
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Robert McNamara's Infamous "Project 100,000" and the Vietnam War. A Premeditated Crime against Humanity
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
In the very long list of shocking and abominable atrocities committed by the US, there is one that stands out as especially obscene for the appalling and hypocritical inhumanity of US Government leaders. This was "Project 100,000", a US military | …
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Boris Johnson Against Parliament
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
A pretty odd thing, this. The prime minister of Britain, supposedly of the conservative creed, making an almost violent dash against both parliament and the courts of law. While his presence is barely a patch on Margaret Thatcher, there is …
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Big Pharma Sinks to the Bottom of U.S. Industry Rankings
Justin McCarthy | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
The pharmaceutical industry is now the most poorly regarded industry in Americans' eyes, ranking last on a list of 25 industries that Gallup tests annually. Americans are more than twice as likely to rate the pharmaceutical industry negatively (58%) as …
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Our Vanishing World: Insects
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
About 12,000 years ago, late stone age humans precipitated the neolithic (agricultural) revolution that marked the start of the steady rise to civilization. Coincidentally, this occurred at the same time as the beginning of what is now known as the …
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Beirut Is Burning: Rebellion Against the Elites Has Commenced
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
Tires are burning, smoke is rising towards the sky. It is October, the 18th day of the month, the capital city of Lebanon, in the past known as the "Paris of the East", is covered in smoke. | For years I …
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I Went to Mexico to Meet Asylum-Seekers Trapped at the Border. This Is What I Saw
Ashoka Mukpo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
Two weeks ago, I traveled to northern Mexico along with Mexican photographer Guillermo Arias to meet with asylum-seekers who've been trapped at the southern U.S. border by Trump Administration policies. Neither of us was prepared for what we saw there….
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Bolton Summoned; First Big Vote Set on Impeachment Probe
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON — House investigators are summoning former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in their impeachment inquiry, deepening their reach into the White House as the probe accelerates toward a potential vote to remove the president. | Democratic lawmakers want to hear next week from Bolton, the hawkish former adviser who openly sparred over the administration's approach to Ukraine, in particular President Donald Trump's reliance on his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for a back-channel operation. Bolton once derided Giuliani's work as a "drug deal" and said he wanted no part of it, accordin…
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Trump sinks deeper into the impeachment mud with each passing day
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-30
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Democrats to hold House vote to authorize impeachment inquiry
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
The political character of those within the military and intelligence agencies with whom the Democrats are aligned is reflected in the Trump officials who have defied White House orders and agreed to testify in the impeachment inquiry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/30/impe…

When Justice Delayed Means Extinction: the Case of the Delta Smelt
Bill Hatch | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
The signature event of the 2019 California Water Year is the arrival of extinction for the Delta smelt, a two-inch, nearly transparent fish at the bottom of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta food chain. The smelt's demise signals critical dangers for two species of Coho salmon, one species of Steelhead and resident killer whales that feed…
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As I Walked Out to the Streets to Block Traffic: Extinction Rebellion and the Battle For Life On Earth
Scott Owen | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
It's that time of year, in fact as they say, it's that time of life. It's that time for show-downs and choices, for heroes and villains, that time for fighting in the street. Yes, as the temperature moves to the cool of autumn the friction of action is heating things up on a global scale,…
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Trump's War on the Free Press Reeks of Dictatorship
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
Donald Trump seems to think the United States is some kind of banana republic. He has already defied the standards of nepotism and inserted his daughter and son-in-law into the highest levels of our government. As for robbing the Treasury like the dictators he admires, it's tough to ignore funneling taxpayer funds to his private…
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Election Rollercoaster in Eastern Germany
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
Germany is really riding a rollercoaster these days, but this is no amusement park; there's lots of suspense but rarely joy — and quite a few politicians are very unwell! Not only politicians! Well then, who's climbing, who's plunging? Look quick — it's moving fast! Heading screechingly downward are the two traditionally main parties: the so-called…
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Grizzlies, Helicopters and the North Cascades: Fighting for the Integrity of Wilderness is Not a "Mental Illness"
Dave Stalling | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
I don't know much about Conservation Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to "protecting, connecting and restoring wildlands and wildlife" from the Washington Coast to the British Columbia Rockies. I like what I do know. I know it's an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, a good organization I used to work for and continue to…
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Talking with The Mighty Diamonds: "Harmony Can Never Go Out of Style"
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
On September 25th at the Dub Club in Los Angeles, I interviewed one of the best reggae bands ever, the Mighty Diamonds. What follows is a transcript of that interview; it has been modified only slightly for clarity and space considerations. Q: Tabby, Judge, and Joe, thank you for this interview[, and] great show tonight! It's…
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Who Burned the Bronx?
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
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Of Course a US President can Murder Somebody Without Legal jeopardy–Ain't That Great!
Kary Love | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
During his campaign for president, Donald Trump said that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" without losing voters. Now, in a case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (and probably when appealed to the US Supreme Court), the president's attorney William Consovoy told the three-judge panel that immunity would also…
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Why Making Young School Children Observe Veterans Day Is Problematic
Matthew M. Heidtmann | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-30
Summary: Encouraging elementary school children to honor and glorify the military without a deeper understanding of militarism and war is simply indoctrination. As we approach Veterans Day in the United States, many schools across the country will engage in some sort of activities or ceremonies to commemorate this holiday and those to whom it is …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/why-making-yo…

Britain set for December 12 general election
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
MPs voted to hold what will likely be the most volatile general election in post-war British history.
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Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses meetings in war-ravaged north
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
The SEP presidential candidate explained that the democratic rights of the oppressed can be achieved only in the struggle for socialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/30/slel…

Historian Victoria Bynum on the inaccuracies of the New York Times 1619 Project
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
Bynum is an expert on the attitude of Southern white yeomen farmers and the poor toward slavery.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/30/bynu…

Woker than woke? Obama CANCELS 'call out' culture, tells Americans 'good people have flaws'
rt.com | 2019-10-30
Cancel culture and "woke" political correctness has found a new and surprising critic in former US president Barack Obama, who warned American liberals about the folly of demanding ideological "purity" from everyone around them. | Speaking at his annual Obama Foundation summit on Tuesday, the former president blasted the current liberal trend toward 'calling out' and 'cancelling' anyone who says or does something which is not considered 'woke' enough for the modern age. | This idea of purity… and you're never compromised and you're always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly.
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Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
Conyers spent most of his political career using left rhetoric in an attempt to obscure the rightward evolution of the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/30/cony…

Colorado police who blew up family's house with CHEMICAL BOMBS just to catch a shoplifter owe them NOTHING, court rules
rt.com | 2019-10-30
A Colorado family whose house was destroyed in a 19-hour standoff between police and an armed shoplifter is not entitled to any compensation from the department that rendered them homeless, an appeals court has ruled. | Police who deployed explosives and armored vehicles to flush out a man –who'd stolen two belts and a shirt from a Greenwood Village Walmart– from the house of Leo and Alfonsia Lech, are not required to compensate the couple for destroying their home, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on…
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Three People Shot Dead at Long Beach, California Residence
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
Three people were killed and nine others wounded in a shooting during a Halloween party at a home in Long Beach, California, on Tuesday night, police and fire department officials said. | The scene was filled with chaos when firefighters reached the residence, Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Karen Owens said. One suspect had fled. | The three dead were all males in their 20's, police said. The condition of the wounded was not immediately made available. | People at the residence were attending a party and were wearing Halloween costumes, Owens said. | The Los Angeles Times reported that some reside…
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Bolsonaro Threatens to Cancel Brazil's Largest TV Network
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Wednesday to cancel the license of Brazil's largest TV network, Globo, accusing it of "villainous journalism" after a report connecting him with a former police officer accused of killing a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman last year. | RELATED: | Lula Turns 74 in Prison over Unjust Convictions | TV Globo reported on Tuesday that just hours before the March 2018 murder the suspect was alleged to have told a doorman he was going to Bolsonaro's ho…
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No solo una guerra comercial
Editor | workers.org | 2019-10-30
øQué hay realmente detrás de las difíciles negociaciones comerciales entre los Estados Unidos y la China Popular? øEs, como ha afirmado la administración, que China no estaba comprando suficientes productos agrícolas estadounidenses? China se ha convertido en un gran mercado para los agricultores del Medio Oeste de EE. UU., que . . . | Continue reading No solo una guerra comercial at Workers.org
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Unlevelled Fields: Brexit, Workers' Rights and the Environment
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
The smorgasbord of Brexit terms has been further plated up with the latest acronym: the WAB or Withdrawal Agreement Bill. It comes in at 115 pages, with an added bonus of 126 pages of explanatory notes. For something seemingly so significant, not much time was on offer for those in the Commons to peruse, let…
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Even Bojo Johnson Can't Find His Promised Brexit Wunderland
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
Egotistical, lazy, unscrupulous, corrupt, priapic, self-indulgent, faux-clownish but nasty underneath, sociopathic, and so forth, are just some of the adjectives used in the British media to describe Boris Johnson. Some of us on the left of course use language that is far blunter and epithet-filled. With his over-privileged background, BoJo is accustomed to having the world conform to his desires ex machina.
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Britain's Once-In-a-Lifetime Chance to Remake Society Isn't Brexit
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
As Britons head toward a December snap election, they'd do well to recall the many issues plaguing them that have nothing to do with the EU.
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'Someone Cancel the Climate Crisis Too Please': Citing Social Unrest, Chile President Bows Out as COP25 Host
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-30
"The climate talks in Chile were canceled because of the very issues that are at the heart of the climate emergency: social inequality, disrespect for human rights, and an economy that prioritizes big business and polluters over the needs of everyday people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As Climate Crisis-Fueled Fires Rage, Fears Grow of an 'Uninhabitable' California
Jon Queally and Jessica Corbett, staff writers | commondreams.org | 2019-10-30
As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Environmentalists Slam 'Climate Criminal' Rex Tillerson for Spreading More Lies During Testimony in Exxon Trial
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-30
"As wildfires rage across California and the West, it's momentous to see Exxon's former CEO in court, on the witness stand, testifying to his role in lying to investors about climate-related risks." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Step Up or Step Aside': With California Engulfed in Flames, Climate Activists Occupy Nancy Pelosi's Office
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-30
Young Californians on Wednesday demanded to know how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can look on as thousands of acres are burned in wildfires in her home state, while refusing to back a Green New Deal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bruce Shillingsworth: 'Why are we selling water to make profit?'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-30
corporate greed Bruce ShillingsworthIssue 1243 Australia Water for the Rivers climate emergency SydneyOctober 30, 2019Mur…
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GOP Senators Serving as Impeachment Jurors Are Implicated in Trump's Misdeeds
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-30
Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House will finally hold a formal vote dictating the rules for the impeachment inquiry, six weeks after it was launched by a whistleblower's complaint mysteriously withheld from Congress. And on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman backed up both the initial whistleblower and U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor by testifying that he too was concerned about the Trump administration's push to use congressionally-allocated military aid to Ukraine to coerce an investigatio…
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There's more to Turkey's invasion of northern Syria than the media's reporting
Celal Cahit Agar | thecanary.co | 2019-10-30
Dr Celal Cahit Agar is a lecturer at St Andrews University, School of Management. This article was co-authored with Steffen Bà∂hm, professor in organisation studies at the University of Exeter Business School. | Turkey's recent invasion of northern Syria — i.e. " Operation Peace Spring" — sought to displace largely Kurdish communities and establish what Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan calls a 2…
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Johnson refuses to answer why 'frackers, the tax avoiders and the zero-hour exploiters' are shaping Tory policy
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-10-30
As the 2019 General Election campaign gets set to begin, news has emerged that a fracking lobbyist is writing the Conservative manifesto. The same lobbying firm also represents major tax-avoiding multinationals like Amazon. So this raises concerns that these interests could well try to shape policy. But when asked about this in Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs), Boris Johnson refused to answer. | An "outrage to democracy":…
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Brazilian president defends policies amid recent Amazon fires
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-30
Brazil's president has launched a strong defence of his far-right government while on a visit to Saudi Arabia, blasting any criticism of his policies on recent fires in the Amazon region.Jair Bolsonaro also criticised French president Emmanuel Macron in a speech on Wednesday before the Future Investment Initiative in the kingdom, while praising American leader Donald Trump.Bolsonaro at one point said: "The Amazon region belongs to us."Bolsonaro praised US president Donald Trump (AP)Scientists say the vast rainforest is a bulwark against global warming as its lush vegetation absorbs heat-trapping carbon dioxide fr…
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Grenfell Tower billboards appear as inquiry report faces widespread criticism
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-30
A Grenfell Tower campaign group has unveiled a series of billboards. These come amid widespread criticism of the inquiry into the disaster which killed 72 people in London on 14 June 2017. | "Grenfell was a microcosm of everything that is wrong with this country today": | Justice 4 Grenfell unveiled three billboards which bore the words: "Cover up 72 dead, never again", "Grenfell Inquiry Report Recommendations: Government does not have to implement…" and "How come…?". And referring to the inquiry, which is chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, Justice 4 Grenfell campaigner Judy Bolton said: I feel that t…
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Iraq protests: UN calls for national talks to break 'vicious cycle' of violence
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-30
The UN's most senior official in Iraq, visited protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, calling for "a national dialogue to identify prompt, meaningful responses to break the vicious cycle of violence" which has roiled the country during the past five days.
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'Historic' new Syria talks should focus on relief for war-weary civilians, says UN negotiator
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-30
Work on drafting a new foundational text for war-torn Syria officially began at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday with representatives from the Syrian Government and opposition sitting face to face and preparing to discuss the country's future for the first time in the nearly nine-year conflict.
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From 'strength to strength' UN-African Union security partnership growing, Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-30
The Security Council highlighted the growing partnership on matters of peace and security between the United Nations and African Union (AU) on Wednesday amidst calls to bolster overall effectiveness.
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Chile Scraps Asia-Pacific and Climate Summits Amid Protests
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured and businesses and infrastructure damaged. | The decision to call off the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and U.N. global climate gatherings, planned for November and December, respectively, dealt a major blow to Chile's image as a regional oasis of stability and economic development. | Piñera said he was forced to cancel both events due to the chao…
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I Write About Endless Wars and I Keep Crying at Work
Allegra Harpootlian | thenation.com | 2019-10-30
I Write About Endless Wars and I Keep Crying at Work…
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The Party of War Has No Problem Trashing Veterans
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-30
The Party of War Has No Problem Trashing Veterans…
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Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested in Washington DC
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
The independent journalist was shackled in a cage for five hours on a false charge stemming from protests at the Venezuelan embassy in April and May of this year.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/30/blum…

Max Blumenthal Arrest Exposes Hypocrisy of Western Media and 'Human Rights' NGOs
Joe Emersberger | fair.org | 2019-10-30
by Joe Emersberger Grayzone ( 10/28/19) reported that its editor, Max Blumenthal, had been arrested on "fabricated charge related to the siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC." | Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal, a prominent journalistic critic of US policy toward Venezuela, was arrested by DC police on Friday, October 25, in connection with a protest at the Venezuelan embassy, and held incommunicado. But if you rely o…
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Albanese's jobs and climate doublespeak
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-30
economy Climate Pip HinmanIssue 1243 Australia Anthony AlbaneseOctober 30, 2019Labor's policy silence after its May election defeat has officially been broken with party leader Anthony Albanese's October 29 vi…
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Iranians Struggling to Access Medical Treatment Under Weight of US Sanctions: Report
Umar A Farooq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
The Trump administration's reintroduction of major US sanctions on Iran has severely hindered Iranians' ability to access medical care, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. | Released on Tuesday, the report found that Iran was suffering from a …
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Impeachment, mass protest & the urgency to end the Trump Pence regime
UUSF Morning Forum | indybay.org | 2019-10-30
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. at corner of Geary | San Francisco…
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Gov. Newsom Urged to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Cars by 2030
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2019-10-30
California's New Vehicles Study Must Meet Urgency of Climate Crisis…
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Trump, Turkey and the Kurds – signs of a crumbling U.S. empire
UUSF Morning Forum | indybay.org | 2019-10-30
Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. | 1187 Franklin St. corner of Geary Ave. | San Francisco…
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