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Ocasio-Cortez nails why Trump's latest pact is so utterly disturbing
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-18
On 17 October, the US announced a highly controversial deal with Turkey that would supposedly see Turkish-led invaders suspend their attacks on northern Syria (aka Rojava). The condition was essentially that the largely-Kurdish communities of Rojava would have to stop resisting and leave their homes behind. Turkey would then move other people into the area to replace them (as it previousl…

The Eurozone In Crisis? New President of the European Central Bank (ECB) has a Criminal Record. Christine Lagarde
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Lagarde was found "guilty" without the enforcement of a one year prison sentence. She was accused of "negligence" rather than "complicity" in a multimillion euro fraud. She was rewarded rather than penalized.

Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. – Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. (Photo: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_endless_war_syria_kurds.jpg

Sharon Tennison's Closer Look at Russia
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-10-18
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Contradictory US/Turkey Ceasefire in Northern Syria. Turkey is Playing the US and Russia Cards Simultaneously
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
On Thursday in Ankara, Turkish President Erdogan met with Mike Pence and Pompeo, a joint statement by both sides issued following talks. See below. | Trump regime hardliners want their imperial agenda in Syria continued, notably aiming to undermine Russian efforts …

US-Greece-US: Lines Being Drawn by the U.S. in the Eastern Mediterranean, against Turkey and Russia?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Greek-U.S. relations have entered "a new era" with U.S. Secretary of State stating earlier this month that he has "come to Greece to expand the partnership that's already at the best level it has ever been." He followed up this …

Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military.

US claims "ceasefire" deal in Turkey's invasion of Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-18
After US Vice President Pence and Turkish President Erdogan met Thursday, Turkish officials bragged that Ankara got everything it wanted.

Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-18
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/17/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

"Meltdown": Trump defends Syria withdrawal as house votes 354 to 60 to condemn his actions
Nermeen Shaikh | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish …

The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye"
Brian Terrell | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle sits after shortly landing Nov. 12, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/22878048600_c10ab24117_c.jpg

Is Trump More Concerned With Erdoğan Relationship Than With Kurdish Lives?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
After meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara on Thursday, Turkish officials agreed to temporarily pause Turkey's invasion of the Rojava autonomous region in northeast Syria in exchange for the lifting of U.S. sanctions. While the agreement may prevent further bloodshed and blunt a growing humanitarian crisis, it represents a victory for Turkey's authoritarian president and a setback for Syrian Kurdish militias that allied with the United States in the fight against ISIS. | The Syrian D…

Syrian Army Entered Ayn al-Arab at the Borders with Turkey
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The Syrian Arab Army is deploying at Ayn Al-Arab, the tip of the Syrian northern borders with Turkey, its vanguards arriving in Raqqa, the city which US forces obliterated quite deliberately and claimed it had been liberated it from its …

Khury Petersen-Smith on Turkey & the Kurds, Alex Vitale on the Purpose of Policing
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-10-18

Cross-eyed, Fanged and Horned
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Almost 700 years ago, as many people in Europe were trying to climb out of the squalor of so-called feudalism, Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted a series of frescos in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena which included two allegorical representations of how government can operate. One allegory represented good government and its effects on the land and…

Unveiling a State-by-State Plan to End our Mass Incarceration Crisis
Udi Ofer | aclu.org | 2019-10-18
The United States locks up more of its people than | any other nation in the world. A whopping 2.2 million people are living behind | bars in this country on any given day. Our national incarceration rate is four | times that of Australia, five times that of the United Kingdom, and six times that | of Canada. | This uniquely American problem is not one crisis | — rather, mass incarceration is a series of state-based catastrophes, each one | different from the next. While much attention was paid | to the federal reforms passed last year through the First Step Act, of | the 2.2 million people locked up on…

Anti-Semitic and Anti-Muslim Murders Are Latest in String of Fascist Attacks
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
Last week's attack on a synagogue and kebab shop was only a blip in the news in the United States. On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, a fascist tried to storm a synagogue in Halle, Germany. Failing to get through the synagogue's security door, he murdered a bystander on the street and then another in a nearby kebab shop. | For many people, this is yet another racist and anti-Semitic attack among innumerable others. But looking at the details, it is the latest in a sequence of six attacks in…

Following terrorist attack in Germany, Jewish community strongly criticises police intervention in Halle
wsws.org | 2019-10-18
The fact remains that the injured terrorist was able to escape in a car even though the police units were armed and had blocked the road.

Serbia Is Surrendering to Greater Albania
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The geopolitical project of "Greater Albania" received unprecedented support from an extremely unlikely source after Serbia surprisingly surrendered to the policy of passport-free travel for its Albanian and Macedonian neighbors by 2021 as part of an entirely voluntarily initiative that …

Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The United States of America emerged victorious from the Second World War, and came out stronger than any other country in the world. The allies- notably the Soviet Union- won the war but emerged much weaker. They needed to reconstruct …

The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
"Moscow and Damascus have always maintained they are against any form of partition or illegal foreign presence in Syria." | Moscow has managed to maintain contacts with all parties in the conflict, even in spite of its stance against partition and …

It's Curtains for US in Syria. Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and …

Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we…

You didn't really think all Russian assets & Kremlin puppets in the US have already been exposed, did you?
rt.com | 2019-10-18
The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that to look at all the Russian plots to subvert it breathlessly discussed in US media. Who are these recently exposed Kremlin agents? | READ MORE: Russian assets in America. A field guide | Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the US media has been ferreting out the Russian meddlers within the country, as it's their patriotic duty to do. Not even the disappointment of the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion could stop them &#150…

The Ukraine Whistleblowers and the Rise of Partisan Whistleblowing
Hannah Gurman, Kaeten Mistry | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
The national security state and politicians should not be the sole gatekeepers of what information circulates in the public sphere. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/whistle.jpeg

Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-10-18
Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift…

Extorting Ukraine is Bad Enough But Trump Has Done Much Worse
Rebecca Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Recently a friend who follows the news a bit less obsessively than I do said, "I thought George W. Bush was bad, but it seems like Donald Trump is even worse. What do you think?" "Well," I replied, "in terms of causing death and destruction, I suspect Bush still has the edge." In fact, the…

Why I Can't Get Excited About Impeaching Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-18
This piece originally appeared on Chicago Reader. | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for asking Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. I get that there is a strong desire for many Americans to be rid of what they see as the national nightmare of Trump's presidency. But I urge caution for several reasons. | First, this impeachment inquiry will not succeed in getting rid of Trump. To win, a super…

Jill Stein Challenges Hillary Clinton to Debate After 'Russian Asset' Smear
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
"It's past time to give the American people the real debate they deserved in 2016." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/hillary_conspiracy_theory.jpg

As Trump Downplays Attack on Kurds, Amnesty Details Turkish War Crimes and 'Utterly Callous Disregard for Civilian Life'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
"Killing defenseless people in cold blood is utterly reprehensible and a blatant war crime," said Amnesty International secretary general Kumi Naidoo | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/syria_kurds_turkey.jpg

Danish Red-Green Alliance congress — Organising for climate and social justice
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…

Scotland 'shafted' by UK Government in Brexit deal — Ian Blackford
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-18
The UK government is "shafting" Scotland after agreeing a Brexit deal with the European Union, according to the SNP's Ian Blackford. | Speaking on the BBC's Victoria Live programme, the party's Westminster leader said the deal announced on Thursday by Boris Johnson would give the north of Ireland a competitive advantage over Scotland. | The MP said although he welcomes an agreement which would effectively allow the north of Ireland to stay in the customs union and the single market, he added that calls for Scotland to have a similar arrangement had been ignored. | Westminster will sit on Saturday to vote on the d…

PM's Brexit deal unlawful and should not be put to vote, court told
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-18
The Brexit agreement Boris Johnson has claimed is a "great new deal" is unlawful and should not be considered by parliament, a court has heard.A legal challenge argues the proposed deal negotiated with the EU breaches UK law by leaving Northern Ireland in a separate customs arrangement to the rest of the country.But Government lawyers defended the deal and claimed the legal action is a "direct and manifest interference with Parliament".The petition is being heard in the Court of Session in Edinburgh — Scotland's highest civil court — which previously ruled Johnson's prorogation of Parliament was unlawfu…

Judge rejects legal challenge calling for Brexit deal to be ruled unlawful
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-18
A legal bid arguing Boris Johnson's Brexit deal was unlawful has been rejected by a judge.It had been claimed that the Brexit agreement Prime Minister Boris Johnson negotiated with the EU was unlawful and should not be considered by parliament.The legal challenge, heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, suggested that that the proposed deal breaches UK law by leaving Northern Ireland in a separate customs arrangement to the rest of the country.But government lawyers defended the deal and claimed the legal action is a "direct and manifest interference with parliament".On Friday evening, Lord Pentland rejected…

Boris Johnson's Brexit "Betrayal": Elect a Clown, Expect a Pie in Your Face
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
"We have a deal!", said the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, on 17th October, following intense negotiations with the UK. Juncker was referring to a new draft treaty on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (EU). But early reports suggest that British Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson has merely rehashed former PM Theresa May's disastrous…

Italian Govt. Allows Ocean Viking to Bring 176 Migrants Ashore
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-17
Italy's authorities Wednesday allowed the Ocean Viking to dock 176 African migrants in the port of Taranto. Apparently, this decision could put an end to the former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's "Closed Ports" policy which has been in effect since 2017. | RELATED: | Italy: Lampedusa Remembers 368 Migrants Who Died in Shipwreck | "Italy has assig…

Could Turkish Aggression Boost Peace in Syria?
Firas Samuri | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey to attack the Kurdish units, posing a threat to Ankara. It's incredible that the Turkish …

Could Turkish Aggression Boost Peace in Syria? Has Triggered Exit of US, Britain and France
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-17
On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey …

Ukrainian President Zelensky adopts Steinmeier formula amid mass far-right protests
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
Zelensky's move is part of his maneuvering between European and US imperialism.

Venezuela, Poland and Sudan amongst 14 new Human Rights Council members
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-17
14 new members were elected to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, following a secret ballot held in the General Assembly Hall in New York.

We need to force the government to end all arms deals with Turkey, not just some
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-10-17
On Tuesday 15 October, the British government suspended new arms sales to Turkey over its invasion of northern Syria. | Foreign secretary Dominic Raab announced that no more export licences would be granted "for items that might be used in milita…

Turkey Agrees with US To Pause Syria Attack, Kurds To Speak Soon
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-17
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its five-day offensive on Syria to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" that Ankara had sought to capture in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and Turkey as a complete victory. | RELATED: | Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash | The truce was announced by United States Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan. | If implemented, it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announc…

With just one tweet, the youngest ever MSP destroys Trump's drivel on Turkey's invasion of Syria
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-17
Ross Greer, the youngest ever member of the Scottish parliament (MSP), has brilliantly taken down Donald Trump's latest drivel on Turkey's illegal invasion of northern Syria (aka Rojava). | Schooled: | NATO's second largest army is currently attacking Ku…

Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria
Umar Farooq | theintercept.com | 2019-10-17
The abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Syria means nobody knows who will eventually control the 10,000 ISIS fighters there or where they will wind up.

Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…

U.S., Turkey Agree on Turkish Cease-Fire with Syrian Kurds
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-17
ANKARA, Turkey — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions. | After negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hailed the five-day cease-fire as the way to end the bloodshed caused by Turkey's invasion of Syria. He remained silent on whether it amounted to a second abandonment of America…

Denmark's Red-Greens: what answers when the climate crisis shakes up politics?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-10-17
In 2007, Sà∏ndergaard was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the People's Movement against the European Union (EU). After resigning this position in 2014, he won election to the Danish parliament in 2015 as an RGA MP for Gladsaxe: he was re-elected in the June 5 general election this year. Sà∏ndergaard spoke with Green […] | Source…

Energy secretary Rick 'Freedom Gas' Perry leaving Trump cabinet
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Energy Secretary Rick Perry, known for liaising with the government in Ukraine and aggressively pushing overpriced US gas down European allies' throats, has notified President Donald Trump he would resign by the end of the year. | Perry has dropped hints about retiring from the Cabinet for months — since April, actually — without mentioning the exact departure date. Asked about it on Thursday evening, Trump said he has already identified a replacement and would nominate one "soon." | One of the orig…

Trump Sent Attorney General William Barr to Rome in Search of a Deep State Plot. Italian Intelligence Says There's Nothing There
Matthew Cole | theintercept.com | 2019-10-17
Italian spies have told their government that they didn't have a relationship with Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious professor at the heart of the Mueller probe.

Why Withdrawing US Troops from Northern Syria is GOOD
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim "we have abandoned our allies". They question "how can America be trusted?" They say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a "gift" to Russia, Iran, and Assad, even ISIS. It is true that the policy of US/NATO interventionism is failing. But that has been …