2019-10-11: Social Media Postees

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

Why More Places Are Abandoning Columbus Day in Favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day
Malinda Maynor Lowery | commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
Officially celebrating Christopher Columbus—an Italian Catholic—became one way to affirm the new racial order that would emerge in the U.S. in the 20th century, one in which the descendants of diverse ethnic European immigrants became "white" Americans. (Photo: Light Brigading/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/columbus.jpeg

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

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

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

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

Seeking justice against palm oil firms, victims call out banks behind them
Hans Nicholas Jong | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-11
Individuals from Indonesia and Liberia embroiled in land disputes with oil palm plantations have visited the Netherlands to call on the Dutch banks facilitating these companies' operations to take action. The companies in question are PT Astra Agro Lestari in Indonesia and Golden Veroleum Liberia, both of which are owned by conglomerates based in secrecy …

Tommy Robinson faces a blanket ban on attending England matches
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) is facing a complete ban on attending England matches both in the UK and abroad after being filmed punching a Three Lions fan in Portugal. | The former English Defence League leader was caught on camera swinging at the man who was knocked to the ground ahead of England's 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands in the city of Guimaraes. | Now Bedfordshire Police, Robinson's local police force, is working with the UK Football Policing Unit to hit him with a football banning order. | If successful, the order would see Yaxley-Lennon, barred from attending England games in both UK stad…

Former Ambassador to Ukraine Says Trump Pushed to Oust Her
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-11
WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told lawmakers Friday that President Donald Trump pressured the State Department to oust her from her position. | Yovanovitch said in an opening statement obtained by The Associated Press that she was "abruptly" recalled in May and told the president had lost confidence in her. She said she was told by an official that there was a "concerted campaign against me" and that Trump had pressured officials to remove her for almost a year…

In the Ukraine Scandal, Trump Won't Be Taking the Fall Alone
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-10-11
In the Ukraine Scandal, Trump Won't Be Taking the Fall Alone…

A New Beginning For California Pan African Global Trade and Investment
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-11
The State of California is poised to join The global competition with India, Europe, China and the rest of the world to expan Trade and Investment with the Pan African Diaspora, over 1.4 billion people globally.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2019-10-11
Workers at the Haft Tappeh sugar cane operation are continuing a struggle over job losses and pay while doctors in Zimbabwe are fighting over pay and overall conditions in the health system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-10-11
Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance…

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

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

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

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

Turkey's Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-11
Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another "humanitarian catastrophe" in the war-torn country.

Friday's Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-11
Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey's Syria offensive; history's made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist' use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

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

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

'All the Way Up to POTUS': Ousted Ambassador to Ukraine Names Trump in Testimony Over Smear Campaign Led by Giuliani
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
"This is why Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't want former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch to tell her story to the American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/yovanovitch.jpg

Tens of Thousands Flee Syrian Border Towns as Turkey Bombards Country Following Trump's Green Light
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
Human rights workers say 64,000 civilians have fled Syria since Turkey, with President Donald Trump's tacit approval, began an airstrike and shelling offensive in the northeastern region of the country on Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11749650192.jpg

Britain's Pro-Brexit Press: When in Doubt, Blame the Irish
Ari Paul | fair.org | 2019-10-11
by Ari Paul The Daily Express ( 10/4/19) defies the reality that Brexit has a great deal to do with Ireland. | The deadline for Britain to come up with a deal under which it would exit from the European Union is less than a month away. With no agreement in sight between Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a hardline Brexiteer, and his EU counterparts, the country has been jittery, to say the least. Political rebellions in Parliament and blows against Johnson in the courts have had people guessing: Will…

Portuguese elections: right trounced by more variegated left
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-11
elections Dick NicholsIssue 1240 Portugal 2019 Portuguese electionsOctober 11, 2019The results of the October 6 elections for the 230-seat Portuguese parliament delivered four main outcomes: a historic thrashing of the traditional parties of the right; a strong…

Turkey invades Rojava, solidarity urgently needed
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-11
Turkey's war on Rojava Peter BoyleIssue 1240 Rojava Anti-war ecosocialism FeminismOctober 11, 2019On October 9, after many months of mil…

Turkey launches genocidal invasion of Rojava
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-11
Rojava Solidarity Tony IltisIssue 1240 Syria Turkey's war on KurdistanOctober 11, 2019The horrific violence that has been devastating Syria for the past eight years is intensifying. On October 9, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan gave the or…

U.S. "Military Aid" to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-10
The total shipment is of the order of 994 tons of "humanitarian" R2P light weapons for the "Moderates" in Syria. (in a single shipment out of Romania) among numerous comparable shipments by sea as well as by air…

Rojava Defends Feminist Revolution Against Turkish Invaders
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-10
| Up to 60,000 civilians are fleeing the border area between Turkey and the autonomous region of Rojava in northeast Syria, where clashes between Kurdish militias and Turkish forces entered their third day on Friday. The Turkish invasion threatens the radically decentralized and democratic social revolution in Rojava, including women-led political movements and projects that have inspired activists across the globe, and stand in sharp contrast to the patriarchy and authoritarianism that defines much of t…

Republican donors involved in Trump impeachment inquiry arrested on campaign finance charges
rt.com | 2019-10-10
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two wealthy Soviet-born Floridians who allegedly passed information between the government in Kiev and President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, have been arrested for campaign finance violations. | Parnas and Fruman were arrested on Wednesday, reportedly while attempting to leave the US from Dulles International Airport outside Washington, DC. | Along with two other men, they were charged with funnelling illegal foreign contributions to Republican PACs in the runup t…

The Actual Laws Trump Has Broken, Just With the Ukraine and China Affairs, Could Land Him 10 Years in Prison
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-10
Take 18 U.S. Code ß 872: "Extortion by officers or employees of the United States." Or 18 U.S. Code ß 610: "Coercion of political activity."

Congratulations, Nobel Committee, You Just Gave the Literature Prize to a Genocide Apologist
Peter Maass | theintercept.com | 2019-10-10
Austrian author Peter Handke sits in the garden at his house in Chaville, France, on Oct. 10, 2019. Handke was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature. | Photo: Francois More/AP | Stockholm is more than 1,500 miles from Sarajevo, and the war in Bosnia was halted in 1995, so there's a lot of time and distance between the Swedes who just chose the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature and the nasty war that happened in the heart of the Balkans a generation ago. But that's no excuse for the decision to give this year's prize to Peter Handke, who denies that a well-documented genocide was committed by Serbs…

US: Officials Alarmed by Increased Number of Vaping Victims
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-10
Health officials in the United States reported 26 deaths and 1,299 confirmed and probable cases so far from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping. Just last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,080 cases and 18 deaths from the illness. | RELATED: | Trump Backs Bolsonaro for OECD Membership, But Only After Macri | The deaths were reported in 21 states, including California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Texas…

Turkey launches US-backed offensive targeting Kurdish forces in Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-10
Turkish air raids and artillery bombardments hit cities and military and civilian targets along approximately 100 kilometers of the Turkey-Syria border.

Child's play: Reporter's breaking news broadcast interrupted by small screen debut of her toddler (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-10-10
A TV news correspondent's breaking news segment about the Turkish offensive against Kurdish-led militias in northeastern Syria was suddenly interrupted live on air by an unexpected studio guest, her own young son. | NBC's Courtney Kube was reporting on Turkey's strikes when her flow was broken by four-year-old Ryan making an uninvited appearance, right by her side. Temporarily distracted, the anchor apologizes, saying "Sorry, my kids are here – live television!" | She quickly gets right back to the story as the screen cuts away to a map of Syria, presumably giving producers enough time to remove the young int…

Turkish invasion forces hit civilians in northern Syria
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-10
Turkey has invaded north-eastern Syria (aka Rojava), attacking largely-Kurdish fighters who were key in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). And now, Turkish troops have reportedly bombarded a convoy of civilian vehicles taking residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa to a border town, inflicting casualties among them. | Civilian murders: | The Kurdish Hawar n…

Civilians 'must not be a target', urges UNHCR, following military escalation in northern Syria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-10
The scale-up in military operations in north-east Syria has forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek safety, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, one day after Turkey launched airstrikes and a ground offensive across the border.

War, sanctions or deal: Trump says US has 'three choices' with Turkey in Syria
rt.com | 2019-10-10
US President Donald Trump has laid out three choices for Washington in dealing with Turkey's incursion into Syria, including a "deal" between Ankara and the US-allied Kurdish militias. | Noting that the Kurds and Turkey have been "fighting each other for 200 years" and that no US troops are in the area of Syria under attack by Turkish troops, the US president spelled out the options of his administration on Twitter, seemingly inviting a response from the general public. | ….We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or me…

The UK must 'immediately stop' arming the Turkish military, say campaigners
John Ranson | thecanary.co | 2019-10-10
UPDATE: This article was updated at 3.39pm on 10 October to add details of an emergency rally taking place in London at 5.30pm.As Turkey launches an attack on north-eastern Syria, there have been calls for the UK to suspend arms sales to Ankara.Customer: In a press release, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) says that Turkey is one of the "world's largest buyers of UK weapons". CAAT says the UK has licensed weapons sales worth &poun…

Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…

After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "

'Not even 1000 bombs can destroy a revolutionary society ready to defend itself'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-10
Turkey's war on Rojava Make Rojava Green AgainIssue 1240 Rojava Make Rojava Green Again war KurdsOctober 10, 2019The foll…