2019-10-15: Social Media Postees

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The Legal Biden Family Corruption Democrats Refuse to Acknowledge
Max Blumenthal | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
This piece originally appeared on The Grayzone. | With its relentless focus on corruption in Russia and Ukraine, the Atlantic Council has distinguished itself from other top-flight think tanks in Washington. Over the past several years, it has held innumerable conferences and panel discussions, issued a string of reports, and published literally hundreds of essays on Russia's "kleptocracy" and the scourge of Kremlin disinformation. | At the same time,…

Video: Turkish Offensive in Northern Syria Pushed Kurds into Hands of Assad and Moscow. War Report
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The defense of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is steadily collapsing under pressure from the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish-backed militant groups, branded as the National Syrian Army. | Since the start of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey-led forces have captured …

Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' as Trump Authorizes Sanctions
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is …

Germany's IG Metall union calls for alliance with government and corporations against workers
wsws.org | 2019-10-15
IG Metall is offering the services of its apparatus to ensure labour peace in the factories and impose the cuts demanded by Germany's ruling elite.

Kurds in San Francisco Protest Betrayal by the US
Photos and Text | indybay.org | 2019-10-15
Trump forces our former ally into arms of our enemy, Syria's Assad. Russia, Iran and ISIS to benefit.

Hunter Biden: Role at Ukraine Firm Wasn't 'Improper' but a 'Mistake'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
"I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father," presidential candidate's son says.

Lessons from Ukraine: Shift Foreign Aid to U.S. Desperate Domestic Aid Programs
Dr. Barbara G. Ellis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
If anything, the Trump-Ukraine impeachment issue reveals to the American public that ever since 1961 when the Foreign Assistance Act was passed, perhaps nearly trillions of our tax dollars have been used by decades of administrations as a primary tool …

Will Trump Go Down as a Worse President Than Bush?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
Though George W. Bush still has an edge, the current president may yet do more harm to the planet than his Republican predecessor.

One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
Last Friday a 155 mm artillery shell landed 300 metres from a US command post near the Syrian bordering city of Ayn al-Arab (known by the Syrian Kurds as "Kobane") during an ongoing operation carried out by Turkey — a …

What Made Trump Change His Mind About Turkey?
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Trump is slapping sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria after Trump told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that it would be all right for him to invade northern Syria. | It is really difficult to be an analyst of foreign affairs in the age of Trump, because we try to understand policy moves with regard to their logic. Much of what Trump does seems illogical. | Trump's lo…

Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price
Vassilis K. Fouskas | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The Trump administration decision to allow Turkey to have a free ride in Rojava, North-East Syria opens the door for new disasters for all, especially the civilians on the ground. More, it confirms the decline of US power in the …

Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues 'on both sides' of border with Turkey
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-15
Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.

U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-10-15
The conflict within the U.S. ruling class about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria has created some confusion about events there. The latest new development — an alliance of Kurdish-based forces with the Syrian national army to defend the border from the Turkish army — may increase that confusion. To . . . | Continue reading U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! at Workers.org

Betrayal in the Levant
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military…

The IMF Is Utterly Indifferent to the Pain It's Causing
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
Each year, the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gathers at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the IMF will meet under the leadership of a new chief, Kristalina Georgieva, who crossed the street from the World Bank to take over this post from Christine Lagarde. Lagarde, as it happens, is getting ready to cross the Atlantic Ocean to take over the European Central Bank. There is a game of musical chairs at the top. A handful of bureaucrats seem to waltz in and out of these jobs. | For the past 40 years, the IMF has had the same agenda: to make sure that developing countries adhere to the r…

More Incitement to Violence by Trump's Fellow Travelers
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
Adolf Hitler and his Nazi henchmen used a trick in 1930s Germany that is an old and time-tested behavior and quite effective. His Brown Shirts would carry out a horrific and violent act and Hitler would then disclaim that act. There were two "advantages" of that violent behavior and propaganda. First, the violent act would…

Russia's Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East: President Putin's Interview with Arab Media
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
President Putin gave an extensive interview to Arab media before departing for Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but it's useful to highlight some of the most relevant parts in case interested observers don't have the time to watch it in …

Trump Dumps the Kurds: US and Russian Officers "Coordinate Military Movements" in Northeastern Syria
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The US and Russian military officers met late last night in Al Farat, a small village north of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, according to media 'Al Mayadeen'. | *** | The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate military movements in the …

UN General Assembly 2019: Venezuela, Russia, China Denounce Violations of International Treaties and Distortions of UN Charter
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
As Venezuelan Chairman of the Non Aligned Movement, comprising 120 nations and observer states, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced devious and Machiavellian ploys attempted by the US to force regime change on his country, with efforts to isolate the country, …

Russia and Africa Still Behind the Curtains
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The …

Testimony of Ex-Trump Aide Exposes Mulvaney Role in Coordinating Giuliani's "Rogue Operation" in Ukraine
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-15

Selected Articles: Trump Imposes Sanctions on Turkey
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

A NATO por trás do ataque turco à Síria
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
A Alemanha, a Franàßa, a Itália e outros países que, em trajes de membros da Unià£o Europeia, condenam a Turquia pelo ataque à Síria, sà£o, juntamente com a Turquia, membros da NATO, a qual, quando já estava em curso o …

Number 10 declines to acknowledge midnight deadline over Brexit deal legal text
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-15
Downing Street has declined to recognise a midnight deadline reportedly set by the European Union for a legal text to be presented in order to clinch a Brexit deal.The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that he needs good intentions to turn into a legal document as Boris Johnson races against the clock to secure a fresh agreement for the meeting of European leaders starting in Brussels on Thursday. | Barnier, who said work to secure a deal has been "intense" after talks which are understood to have gone on until 11pm on Monday, has reportedly called on the UK to present a legal text by the end of Tue…

European Union declares little chance of Brexit deal by Thursday summit
wsws.org | 2019-10-15
Johnson has called an emergency session of parliament Saturday. There is rising speculation that he may be able to win support for a deal if he secures one, but parliament will not support a no-deal Brexit.

Brexit, Environmental Law and the Level Playing Field
Molly Scott Cato MEP | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
When the idea of the level playing field emerged from the Brexit talks many environmentalists breathed a sigh of relief. | As Barnier presented this agreement to us in the European Parliament, I remember realising that even if we were to …

DC's Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden's corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-14
The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma — the gas company at the center of the 'Ukrainegate' scandal…

Tucson demands "U.S.-NATO hands off Syria"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-14
Tucson, AZ – Nearly a dozen anti-war activists answered the call for an emergency rally Friday afternoon, October 11, to make the demand that the U.S. and NATO member Turkey leave Syria. Amid rush hour traffic moving through downtown, there were several honks of solidarity with the message on posters saying: "U.S.-NATO out of Syria" and "U.S. hands off Syria." | Earlier in the week, President Trump announced that U.S. troops would be leaving northern Syria. This created an uproar in the corporate mainstream media that the U.S. would be "abandoning an ally" in regional Kurdish forces. A few days later, Turkey, a U…

Catalan leaders convicted by Spain's Supreme Court for secession attempt
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
Spain's supreme court has convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in the secession movement of 2017.The court sentenced former regional vice president Oriol Junqueras to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds.Journalists waiting outside the court (AP/Paul White)The 12 were tried for their actions in a 2017 attempt by Catalonia to break away from Spain following an independence referendum that Spain declared illegal.Grassroots pro-secession groups have previously said that if any of the defendants were found guilty they would organise protests and "peaceful civil disobedienc…

Pro-independence Catalan figures convicted in controversial Spanish trial
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
A dozen Catalan politicians and activists have been convicted on charges of sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience for their role in a failed secession attempt for the northeastern region of Spain in 2017. The trial is considered the most important for the country since democracy was restored following the death of fascist dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.Profound and long-lasting repercussions: Former regional vice presiden…

Thousands protest in Germany against right-wing violence following fascist Yom Kippur attack
wsws.org | 2019-10-14
Last Wednesday's attack in Halle by a heavily armed fascist, anti-Semite, on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, has evoked horror and a wave of solidarity protests against right-wing violence.

As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-14
"Never get into a well with an American rope" goes the saying spreading across the Middle East, as the US abandons its Kurdish allies in Syria to a Turkish invasion force. People in the region are traditionally cynical about the loyalty of great powers to their local friends, but even they are shocked by the speed and ruthlessness with which Donald Trump greenlit the Turkish attack.

Giuliani Made Trump–and Might Now Unmake Him
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-14
Giuliani Made Trump–and Might Now Unmake Him…

Trump Orders Turkey Sanctions as U.S. Scrambles for Syria Exit
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-14
The president says he is halting trade negotiations and raising steel tariffs in an effort to restrain the Turks' assault on Kurdish fighters.

Turkish invaders in Syria have killed at least 39 civilians so far — including children
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
On 9 October, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan launched an illegal invasion of largely-Kurdish areas in northern Syria (aka Rojava). And the latest reports indicate that Turkey has killed at least 39 civilians and injured over 100. | "Martyred": | A r…

Trump's Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War
Khury Petersen-Smith | commondreams.org | 2019-10-14
Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria on October 09, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. The military action is part of a campaign to extend Turkish control of more of northern Syria. (Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/getty_2.jpeg

The Apotheosis of Emperors
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-14
Sometimes it may be instructive to look beyond foreign policy and pay attention to the actors and their words. I was struck by one of Trump's tweets of this week not because of the threatening reference to Turkey ("I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey") or the reason given (if Turkey…considers to…

Military deal sees Syrian army support Kurdish-led resistance to Turkish invasion
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
The Syrian army has now deployed near the Turkish border. This came hours after Kurdish-led defence forces in northern Syria (aka Rojava) said they had reached a deal with Damascus to help them resist Turkey's illegal invasion. | A "military" deal to defeat Turkish-led invaders: | On Monday morning, Syria's state news agency said that the army had moved into…

Next Year the Nobel Committee for Literature Needs to Look Beyond Europe's Borders
Jennifer Wilson | thenation.com | 2019-10-14
Next Year the Nobel Committee for Literature Needs to Look Beyond Europe's Borders…

The Halle Synagogue Attack Is an Ominous Sign of the German Far Right's Growing Prominence
Carol Schaeffer | thenation.com | 2019-10-14
The Halle Synagogue Attack Is an Ominous Sign of the German Far Right's Growing Prominence…

Former army chief is 'disappointed' with the Queen's speech. But not for the reason that he should be
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
Former British army chief Richard Dannatt said he was "very disappointed" with the content of the Queens speech. Dannatt feels disappointed as legislation to give an amnesty from prosecution to British army veterans of the conflict in the north of Ireland w…

Atos awarded new £25m Ministry of Defence contract
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
The French data firm Atos has been awarded a new £25 million contract with the UK's Ministry of Defence, just months after winning a £394.7 million deal with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). | Atos said the deal would help upgrade the MoD's computer systems and digitise the delivery of healthcare for the defence services. | Defence ministers are embarking on the CORTISONE programme to integrate its systems and reduce costs by using off-the-shelf products, rather than expensive tailor-made ones. | Philip Chalmers, senior vice president of sales and marketing of Atos in UK and Ireland, said: "

Large Berlin solidarity protests against anti-Semitism and right-wing terrorism
wsws.org | 2019-10-14
This weekend's protests underscored, once again, the widespread opposition that exists to the return of fascism in Germany.

'Too Little, Too Late': Critics Pan Trump Plan to Sanction Turkey
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-14
"Trump's statement on hitting Turkey with sanctions over the military operation in Syria does not mention the Kurds once." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/turkey_syria_0.jpg

Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…

Brexit will 'hold back' climate change action, SNP conference told
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
Brexit will "hold back" efforts in Scotland to tackle the global climate emergency, the country's environment secretary said.Roseanna Cunningham announced new measures to help in the fight against global warming — but warned of the impact leaving the European Union could have on the environment.Speaking at the SNP annual conference in Aberdeen, she said: "Brexit will hold back Scotland's environmental ambitions."We cannot allow Brexit to happen. Scotland voted to remain in the EU and we must do all we can to keep Scotland in the EU."But if it does happen — I promise this — we will protect Scotland'…

Hunter Biden calls Trump's accusations 'a barrage of false charges'… and resigns from Chinese equity firm
rt.com | 2019-10-13
Hunter Biden, son of 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden, has stepped down from the board of a Chinese equity company while defending his work in Ukraine — the work that President Donald Trump said was "crooked." | "He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the President of the United States," Biden's lawyer George Mesires wrote in a statement released on Sunday. | Speaking through Mesires, Biden said that he is to resign from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company, and would also "forego all foreign work" if his father is elected president next ye…

As Turkey Advances, Syrian Army Moves to Confront Invasion
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-13
The Syrian Army has begun deploying further north to potentially confront the Turkish invasion.

As Turkey Advances, Syrian Army Moves to Confront Invasion

Crocodile tears? Hillary Clinton tweets that 'sickening horror' in Syria is 'one man's fault' and gets reminded of her deeds
rt.com | 2019-10-13
Hillary Clinton has retweeted a post by an NBC correspondent about 'atrocities' unleashed by Turkey's incursion in Syria, hinting that it's all President Donald Trump's fault. Twitter sent her down Memory Lane. | "This sickening horror is one man's fault," she tweeted on Saturday night, commenting on a tweet by NBC's Richard Engel, who said US military officials are concerned that the Turkish offensive "opens the door to BOTH ethnic cleansing of Kurds and return of ISIS/Al-Qaeda." | This sickening horror is one man's fault. t.co/iMe5cCPkDm– Hillary Clinton (@…

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…