2019-11-01: News Headlines

Lawrence Davidson (2019-11-01). Hillary Clinton's Hunt for "Russian Assets" counterpunch.org Conspiracy Theories All Around We know that in 2016 Americans elected a president who can't tell the difference between what's real and the stuff he makes up. He appears particularly susceptible to conspiracy theories. Indeed, he has espoused at least 24 of them since becoming president. We also know that in 2016 the presidential election was interfered More

Dave Lindorff (2019-11-01). Democrats Make a Huge Mistake If They Just Focus Impeachment on the Ukraine Scandal. counterpunch.org The impeachment theater on display today in the House, bracketed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi's maudlin reading of Article I of the Constitution, and by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's ludicrous evocation of the Stalin purge trials to characterize the full House vote to establish impeachment rules and procedures, is increasingly looking like the first act More

teleSUR (2019-11-01). Cuba: Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting Kicks Off in Havana. telesurenglish.net Over a thousand delegates from 80 countries began on Friday the "Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism" at the Convention Center in Havana. | RELATED: | Cuba and Russia Plan New Joint Socio-Economic Ventures Ahead | During this three-day event, social activists, workers, peasants, women, indigenous peoples leaders, intellectuals and politicians will analyze the current offensive of the U.S. imperialism against the Latin American peoples. | A…

WSWS (2019-11-01). Hamburg, Germany: SPD-Green state executive uses police violence to guard lecture by AfD founder. wsws.org Hundreds of Hamburg students have protested against the return of Bernd Lucke, founder of the far-right Alternative for Germany, to their university in the past two weeks.

teleSUR (2019-11-01). Chile: 'Interference Accusation is US Dirty Game,' Russia says. telesurenglish.net Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday rejected U.S. accusations that Russia is trying to destabilize democracy in Chile. | RELATED: | Chile: Protestors March in Concepcion and Towards the Capital | "The U.S. administration is taking advantage of Chile's difficult internal situation to continue its attempts to denigrate our country's forei…

Dave Lindorff (2019-11-01). Democrats Make a Huge Mistake If They Just Focus Impeachment on the Ukraine Scandal. counterpunch.org The impeachment theater on display today in the House, bracketed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi's maudlin reading of Article I of the Constitution, and by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's ludicrous evocation of the Stalin purge trials to characterize the full House vote to establish impeachment rules and procedures, is increasingly looking like the first act More

WSWS (2019-11-01). England-Bulgaria match highlights growing fascist activity around European soccer. wsws.org The resurgence of fascistic forces in central and eastern Europe has been fuelled by the restoration of capitalism following the collapse of Stalinism three decades ago.

WSWS (2019-11-01). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Seven hundred Croation educators have walked out in a program of rotating strikes while Zimbabwe doctors are continuing an action over the erosion of pay due to inflation.

Marshall Auerback (2019-11-01). Not-So-'Super' Mario: the Departure of ECB President Mario Draghi. counterpunch.org Mario Draghi ends his term as president of the European Central Bank (ECB) at the end of October. He will do so as the most consequential head of the ECB since the euro's inception. By substantially expanding the role of the central bank, Draghi likely saved the eurozone from implosion. But much like the preservation More

Djaffar Shalchi (2019-11-01). Dear Mr. Donny Deutsch: Please Come to "F***ing Denmark." commondreams.org A regular talking head and host on MSNBC, marketing executive Donny Deutsch angered many progressives over a recent combined attack on the country of Denmark. (Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donny_deutsch1.jpg

commondreams (2019-11-01). Hundreds in Turkey Arrested in Crackdown on Critics of Military Offensive in Syria. commondreams.org ______________________________…

United Nations (2019-11-01). Guterres in Turkey: UN to study 'new settlement areas' plan for Syrian refugees. un.org Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday presented UN Secretary-General António Guterres with a plan for resettling hundreds-of-thousands of Syrian refugees, in the wake of the country's offensive into northeastern Syria last month to remove Kurdish forces, aimed at creating a so-called "safe zone" along the border for returnees.

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-11-01). Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds. indybay.org NPML – Marxist Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Staff (2019-11-01). Joint Turkish and Russian Patrols Begin in Syrian Region. truthdig.com SEVIMLI, Turkey — Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols Friday in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's incursion. | The Turkish Defense Ministry said an initial patrol covered an area 87 kilometers (54 miles) long and 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep in the al-Darbasiyah region, assisted by drones. "The first joint patrol was completed as planned," the statement said. | The Russian Defense Ministry said the joint patrol included nine military vehicles, including a Russian armored pe…

Larry Romanoff (2019-11-01). A US War Story. globalresearch.ca Westerners are aware that the Americans fire-bombed the city of Dresden in Germany at the end of the Second World War, but most of the truth was suppressed as soon as it happened. Dresden was Eastern Germany's cultural centre, a …

Prof. Valeria Z. Nollan (2019-11-01). Laughter Over the Left Shoulder at Russia's Tragedy. globalresearch.ca The recent appearance in some Western media sources of insults, jokes, and unfounded accusations in response to tragedies affecting the Russian people is shocking in its coarseness and barbarity, disturbing in its lack of compassion for fellow human beings, and …

teleSUR (2019-11-01). Blumenthal Denounces: "They Are Trying to Steal My Freedom" telesurenglish.net Max Blumenthal, the journalist who covered the siege of the Venezuelan Embassy in the U.S. back in May, offered an interview to Russia Today shortly after being arrested and released for the alleged aggression against an opponent of the Bolivarian Government, a charge for which he will be tried. | RELATED: | 1st International Indigenous Congress Kicks Off in Venezuela | "The right-wi…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-01). Because the Climate Crisis 'Does Not Wait for Us,' Spain to Host COP25 in Place of Chile. commondreams.org Critics warned that changing the venue to Europe could imperil the participation of attendees from Asia, Africa, and South America. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/mn_coal_plant_flickr_tony_webster_0_0.jpg

Staff (2019-11-01). Chicago Teachers and UAW Members Show That Labor Movement Is Back After "Decades of Concessions" democracynow.org The end of the Chicago teachers' strike comes amid a wave of labor movements, including the longest United Auto Workers strike in almost 50 years. We speak with labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about the historical importance of unions, the rise of worker participation in strike actions and the significance of the Labour Party's organizing in the United Kingdom. Jaffe says workers "are fighting back in the face of decades and decades of concessions, decades and decades of give-backs," and "understanding that unionizing is a way that they have power on the job." She is the author of _Necessary Trouble: Americans in Re…

Staff (2019-11-01). Headlines for November 1, 2019. democracynow.org House Votes to Formalize Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump , Trump Will Avoid State Income Taxes After Declaring Florida Residency, CIA-Backed Afghan Forces Commit Atrocities, Says Human Rights Watch, Iraqi Prime Minister Offers to Resign Amid Anti-Government Protests, Thousands March in Argentina Against IMF-Imposed Austerity, Spain to Replace Chile as Host of COP25 U.N. Climate Conference, Rex Tillerson Denies Exxon Misled Investors Over Climate Risks, Greta Thunberg Turns Down Environment Prize for Her Climate Activism, New California Wildfire Burns Homes in San Bernardino, Keystone Pipeline Spill in No…

Harrison Stetler (2019-11-01). The Far Right Is Tightening Its Grip on French Politics. thenation.com The Far Right Is Tightening Its Grip on French Politics…

The Canary (2019-10-31). Tory Party election exodus: twenty-five MPs announce they're standing down. thecanary.co Twenty-five current Tories, including six women, have announced they will not seek reelection when the country votes in December.Almost all of the Conservative MPs quitting politics ahead of the forthcoming general election voted to remain in the European Union at the 2016 referendum.Senior figures from the party who are leaving parliament include former Cabinet ministers Sir Michael Fallon, Sir Patrick McLoughlin and Nicky Morgan.Former de facto deputy prime minister Sir David Lidington, as well as Boris Johnson's brother, Jo, are also standing down ahead of the poll.Timetable for December 12 general election (P…

Philip Giraldi (2019-10-31). Killing Julian Assange: Justice Denied When Exposing Official Wrongdoing. globalresearch.ca The hideous treatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues and many observers are citing his case as being symptomatic of developing "police state" tendencies in both the United States and in Europe, where rule of law is being subordinated to …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-31). Russia's Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Nears Completion. globalresearch.ca Russia has the world's largest natural gas reserves. Iran ranks second. Both nations have far larger reserves than the US, Saudi Arabia and other countries. | When completed, Russia's Nord Stream 2 will be the world's longest underwater pipeline, able to …

David M. Perry (2019-10-31). This Is Not How You Show Solidarity. thenation.com This Is Not How You Show Solidarity…

United Nations (2019-10-31). Kosovo elections: 'Most significant change' in 12 years, Security Council hears. un.org Elections held earlier this month in Kosovo represent "the most significant change in the political landscape" there in a dozen years, the UN mission chief told the Security Council on Thursday.

United Nations (2019-10-31). Syria's groundbreaking constitutional talks: 'a clear success of mediation' says Guterres in Turkey. un.org Mediation is "one of our most important tools to reduce and end conflict", United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the sixth Istanbul Mediation Conference, in Turkey's largest city on Thursday.

WSWS (2019-10-31). New wildcat strike paralyzes French rail network. wsws.org It is ever more evident that a vast eruption of strike activity of historic dimensions is being prepared in France and internationally.

WSWS (2019-10-31). Washington threatens to fight Syria and Russia for oil. wsws.org The restatement of US objectives in seizing Syria's oil fields came amid border clashes between Turkish and Syrian troops.

Alexa Kolbi-Molinas (2019-10-31). Abortion is Legal in All 50 States, and We Intend to Keep It That Way. aclu.org On | Tuesday, a federal court issued a decision in our challenge to Alabama's | near-total ban on abortion blocking the law from taking effect. The decision | comes on the heels of similar rulings blocking abortion bans in Arkansas, | Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah. In other words, the ACLU has an | undefeated, 7-0 record challenging state abortion bans in court. None of the state abortion bans passed | earlier this year will be permitted to take effect. Abortion is — and will | remain — legal in all 50 states. | The | Alabama ban, like all the others, is the anti-abortion movement's t…

pip.hinman (2019-10-31). US House passes sanctions bill against Turkey. greenleft.org.au Turkey's war on RojavaIssue 1243 United States sanctions against TurkeyNovember 1, 2019The United States House of Representatives approved a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey over its military operation in Northern and Eastern Syria on October 30. | The bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled house with 403 votes…

pip.hinman (2019-10-31). British director Ken Loach supports boycott of Turkish institutions. greenleft.org.au Rojava SolidarityIssue 1243 Britain Turkey's war on RojavaNovember 1, 2019Renowned British film director Ken Loach has signed the call to Boycott Turkish Government Sponsored Academic and Cultural Institutions. | Loach was approached by members of Peace in Kurdistan Campaign at the premiere of his latest film, Sorry, I Missed You,…

Fred_F (2019-10-31). Solidarity with Rojava continues to grow. greenleft.org.au international solidarity Fred FuentesIssue 1243 Australia RojavaOctober 31, 2019More trade unions have come out in opposition to Turkey's invasion of the Kurdish majority, northern region of Syria, commonly known as Rojava. | The Construction, Forestry, Mining and…

pip.hinman (2019-10-31). Turkish attacks continue during 'ceasefire' in Northern Syria. greenleft.org.au Turkey's war on Rojava Susan PriceIssue 1243 Rojava Syrian Democratic Forces YPG/YPJNovember 1, 2019Despite the agreement reached between Russia and Turkey on October 22 in the Russian city…

Staff (2019-10-31). Ro Khanna Condemns GOP For Attacking Civil Servants to Shield Trump As House Votes on Impeachment. democracynow.org The House of Representatives is holding a historic vote today to formalize the impeachment process against President Trump. The probe centers on whether Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump's political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. As the House votes today, lawmakers are continuing to question key Trump administration behind closed doors, including the top Russia official on the National Security Council, Tim Morrison. On Wednesday, House Democrats also requeste…

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…

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…

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 …

teleSUR (2019-10-30). Cuba and Russia Plan New Joint Socio-Economic Ventures Ahead. telesurenglish.net Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Tuesday in order to address a series of joint ventures across key areas that will strengthen cooperation between both countries. | RELATED: | Cuba Opens Stores to Retain Foreign Currencies, Boost Economy | "We were able to address many important issues and even formulate many new ideas, which I hope we can develop and promote during your current visit, both during our meeting and during your negotiations with President (…

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 …

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…

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…

(2019-10-30). Spain: Communist groups defend imprisoned Catalan leaders. workers.org Below is a joint declaration in response to the sentences of 9-to-13 years each issued following the "trial" of nine Catalan political leaders and the massive protest in Catalonia on Oct. 18, endorsed by four communist groups that organize throughout the multinational Spanish state. Although pro-capitalist parties lead the Catalan . . . | Continue reading Spain: Communist groups defend imprisoned Catalan leaders at Workers.org

RT (2019-10-29). Discredited bot-whisperers New Knowledge rebrand to Yonder, just in time to save 2020 election… from itself? rt.com Infamous commander of faux Russian bot armies New Knowledge has changed its name to Yonder, memory-holing its troubled reputation with a promise of a 'more authentic internet' just in time for the 2020 US presidential election. | New Knowledge, the bot-hunting and consulting firm founded by a State Department alumnus, has undergone a makeover. Billing itself as "the leading authentic internet company," whatever that means, the newly-rechristened Yonder has neatly divested itself of New Knowledge's baggage, just in time to bury Americans in horror stories of Russian bot activity for the 2020 election cycle. | T…

Staff (2019-10-29). Headlines for October 29, 2019. democracynow.org Pentagon: U.S. Will Fight for Control of Oilfields in Syria, Ukraine Expert Who Listened to Trump Phone Call to Testify in Impeachment Hearings, Iraq: Death Toll from Month of Anti-Government Protests Tops 220, Trump Officials Join Industry Executives at Davos in Desert, Boeing CEO to Testify to Congressional Committees, Sanders Endorses Chesa Boudin for San Francisco District Attorney, Facebook Workers Call on Zuckerberg to Reverse Policy of Allowing Politicians to Lie in Ads, North Carolina Court Rules Against State's Gerrymandered Congressional Maps, U.S. Extends Deportation Relief to Salvadorans to 2021, Mexi…

Ben Norton (2019-10-28). Trump gives $4.5 million to Syria's White Helmets, which partnered with jihadists and joined Turkey's ethnic cleansing. thegrayzone.com While touting his efforts to end US involvement in Syria, Trump approved $4.5 million more for the White Helmets. This…

Staff (2019-10-28). The Death of al-Baghdadi: ISIS Grew Out of U.S. Invasion of Iraq. What Will Happen Next? democracynow.org President Trump announced Sunday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. special forces raid on his compound in northwestern Syria. According to Trump, al-Baghdadi detonated an explosive vest he was wearing, killing himself and three of his children. The raid began early Sunday when eight U.S. military helicopters flew from a base near Erbil, Iraq, to northwestern Syria over airspace controlled by Syria and Russia. Baghdadi had led ISIS since 2010. In 2014, he proclaimed the creation of an Islamic State or caliphate during a speech in Mosul. At its peak, ISIS controlled a large swath of land ac…

Fight Back (2019-10-27). Minneapolis: FRSO celebrates 70th anniversary of China's revolution. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — About 70 people gathered in south Minneapolis, October 26, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese revolution. Each year Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the Twin Cities organizes an event to celebrate the "Two Octobers," the victories of the Chinese and Russian revolutions. | Mick Kelly, a national leader of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) and editor of the newspaper Fight Back!, told the crowd, "It is a real honor to be with you this evening to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese revolution. In October of 1949, the outstanding Marxist-Leninist, th…

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-26). Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon? thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/26/19). 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 …

Janine Jackson (2019-10-25). 'There Are Noncoercive Solutions to Our Problems' – CounterSpin interview with Alex Vitale on the role of policing. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Brooklyn College's Alex Vitale about the role of policing for the October 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin; a portion of that interview was reaired on the October 18, 2019, show. This is a lightly edited transcript of the rebroadcast. | Media…

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