2019-11-06: News Headlines

Robert P. Alvarez (2019-11-06). Republicans, Not Russians, Threaten Our Elections. commondreams.org Communities are taking things into their own hands, advocating for and winning automatic voter registration and same-day registration, upending proposed voter roll purges, and requesting absentee ballots.(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vote_8.jpeg

Conn Hallinan (2019-11-06). U.S. domination of Middle East challenged as new alignments emerge. peoplesworld.org The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities—sometimes for new ones—and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey's recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may be that major regional players are contemplating some historic re-alignments. After …

Jeremy Scahill (2019-11-06). The Persistent Influence of Trump's "Shadow Adviser" Erik Prince. theintercept.com The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the Trump administration approached Blackwater founder and Trump shadow adviser Erik Prince about potentially buying a Ukrainian aerospace company that the U.S. government wants to prevent the Chinese government from acquiring. "Motor Sich is a leading maker of helicopter and airplane engines and the U.S. wants to scuttle its pending sale to a group of Chinese companies to keep Beijing from acqu…

Gary Leupp (2019-11-06). Which Is Worse? Trying to Get Ukraine into NATO, or Trying to Use Ukraine to Reelect Trump? counterpunch.org Question for discussion: which is worse? (Forgive the run-on sentences; they are necessary to convey the complexity of moral issues here.) (1) The effort of the U.S. State Department backed by the Pentagon to expand the NATO military alliance (which as you know is the most terrifyingly powerful military alliance in human history, from its More

Renee Parsons (2019-11-06). When Is a Whistleblower, Not a Whistleblower? From Russiagate to Ukrainegate. globalresearch.ca For those readers who care more about Donald Trump, Obama's legacy or the Republican/Democrat parties rather than the Rule of Law and what remains of the US Constitution, the following scenario should be a Giant Wake up Call. | As the …

Lynda Carson (2019-11-06). Exposed by Ambassador Sondland, Trump will say anything to remain in the oval office. indybay.org Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland miraculously recalls that there was a "quid pro quo" according to a new three-page addition to his testimony that was just released!

WSWS (2019-11-06). Pain and Glory from Spain's Pedro Almodóvar. wsws.org The new film treats the crisis of a famous Spanish filmmaker, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), who has ceased being able to create. Salvador suffers from a variety of physical and psychic maladies.

WSWS (2019-11-06). IYSSE meetings in Germany: Stop the shift to the right at the universities! wsws.org The meetings are part of a series being organised by the IYSSE across Germany to oppose the rise of the far-right on university campuses and in political life.

teleSUR (2019-11-06). Turkey's Erdogan Announces Capture of Al-Baghdadi's Wife. telesurenglish.net The Turkish security forces captured one the wives of the former Islamic State commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former terrorist leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special forces. | RELATED: | Turkey, Russia Hold First Joint Patrol In Northeast Syria | "The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this," Erdogan said. | "But, I am announcing…

Padraig McGrath (2019-11-06). The New Cold War: Russia's "Stealth Capable" 955 Borei-class Submarines. US-NATO's Aegis Ashore Missile Defense. globalresearch.ca On October 29th, the Norwegian news-outlet NRK broke the story that between 8 and 10 Russian submarines, including Sierra II class submarines, had begun naval exercises in the North Atlantic. This is one of the largest Russian naval exercises focused …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-11-06). China's Development of the Russian Far East Can Improve EU-Moscow Relations. globalresearch.ca Russia's Far East Investment and Export Support Agency investment manager Vasily Libo revealed on November 1 that China's foreign investment in the Far East advanced development zone accounted for about 59.1% of foreign investments in the region. This massive investment …

Andrew Korybko (2019-11-06). India's RCEP Refusal, Russia's Eurasian Vision, and Next Week's BRICS Summit. globalresearch.ca India's refusal to join the RCEP mega-bloc endangers the viability of Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership supercontinental integration vision, which not even next week's BRICS Summit might be able to save after Modi crossed the Rubicon of self-imposed regional economic isolation …

Eric Zuesse (2019-11-06). Over 100 Missiles against Syria: US, UK and France Committed an International War Crime Against Syria on 14 April 2018. globalresearch.ca It is now clear that on 14 April 2018, the three Governments of U.S., UK, and France, fired over a hundred missiles against Syria, on no more 'justification' than staged videos that had been done by those regimes' own proxy …

Staff (2019-11-06). Headlines for November 6, 2019. democracynow.org Democrats Take Virginia Legislature & Beat Trump-Backed Governor in Kentucky, NYC Approves Ranked-Choice Voting; Tucson Voters Reject Sanctuary City Measure, JPMorgan CEO Accuses Warren of "Vilifying" Richest Americans, Sondland Now Says There Was Quid Pro Quo on Ukraine, Scientists: Humanity Risks "Untold Suffering" from Climate Change, Brazilians Protest the Largest Oil Auction in Brazilian History, Activists Arrested After Blockading Port of Vancouver in Pipeline Protest, 9 Members of Mormon Family Murdered in Mexico, Pro-Beijing Lawmaker Stabbed in Hong Kong, Israeli Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expelling…

Peter Maass (2019-11-06). Why Did Nobel Winner Peter Handke Have a Secret Passport from Milosevic-era Yugoslavia? theintercept.com The spring of 1999 was a busy time for Peter Handke, the controversial Austrian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last month. | Back then, Handke was already criticized for several books that were regarded as denying the Serb genocide of Muslims in Bosnia. But after the U.S. and its NATO allies began a bombing campaign against Serb targets on March 25, Handke stepped even more deeply into wartime politics by traveling to Belgrade to express his solidarity with the isolated country and its strongman, Slobodan Milosevic. "My place is in Serbia if th…

RT (2019-11-05). 'Do your job and print his name:' Rand Paul urges media to OUT whistleblower, says they worked for Biden. rt.com Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) fired up crowds at President Donald Trump's rally in Kentucky, alleging that the Ukrainegate whistleblower's name has been an open secret. He called on the media to finally make it public. | Paul, who has represented Kentucky in the Senate since 2011, was invited on stage by President Trump during an election-eve rally in Lexington on Monday, in a bid to drum up support for Republican Governor Matt Bevin. | üö®WOWüö® @RandPaul on The Whistleblower: | "I say tonight to the media: D…

RT (2019-11-05). Diplomat suddenly 'remembers' personally delivering Ukrainian 'quid pro quo' AFTER reading Trump impeachment testimonies. rt.com The US ambassador to the EU has suddenly remembered he did notify Kiev that military aid was contingent on launching a corruption probe into the gas company that employed Hunter Biden, his memory jogged by impeachment testimonies. | Ambassador Gordon Sondland said he did, after all, tell an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that US military aid to the country depended on Zelensky publicly pledging to open a corruption investigation into Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company which had hired Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's son onto its board of directors. Sondland recalled this i…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-11-05). Great Britain is Reaching for Nationalism Over Economic Sense. counterpunch.org Britain is becoming more and more like Northern Ireland. This should be a comfort to Arlene Foster and the DUP as they rue their betrayal by Boris Johnson over the Irish border. Northern Irish politics have always been dominated by the competing agendas of the Catholic/Irish nationalists and the Protestant/Unionist communities. In practice, both the More

RT (2019-11-05). Is collusion still a thing? Washington Post publishing 'illustrated Mueller report' book. rt.com Haven't got enough 'Russiagate' already? Need the ideal Christmas gift for the unsatisfied Democrat in your life? Well how about a copy of the Mueller report, soon available in graphic novel form! | Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year probe found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, and insufficient evidence that Trump obstructed the investigation itself. Though Trump declared "case closed," the mainstream media that banked on Mueller so heavily isn't quite ready to let it go yet. | Case in point: 'The Mueller Report Illustrated,' a graphic no…

The Canary (2019-11-05). Raab dismisses 'Kremlin mole' fears as MPs demand release of Russia report. thecanary.co Dominic Raab denied 10 Downing Street is in the grip of a "Kremlin mole", as MPs demanded a report into alleged Russian interference of the UK democratic process be published.The foreign secretary was pressed on why the government is seeking to "delay" publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report ahead of the general election, with Downing Street indicating it would not be cleared for release before Parliament is dissolved on Wednesday.Questions were also raised by Labour about the level of access Boris Johnson's senior adviser Dominic Cummings has to intelligence information, which prompte…

teleSUR (2019-11-05). Protesters Condemn Spanish Assault Ruling in Rape Case. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of people protested in Spain's capital Monday against a court ruling last week that cleared five men of gang-raping a 14-year-old girl and instead found them guilty of the lesser charge of sexual abuse. | RELATED: | Spain: Supreme Court Rules 'Wolf Pack' Case Is Rape | Barcelona's High Court sentenced the five on Thursday to 10 to 12 years in prison, saying the 2016 assault was not rape because the victim, who was drunk and unconscious, could neither "agree to (nor) oppose the sexual…

teleSUR (2019-11-05). US Envoy to EU Confirms Ukraine Quid Pro Quo in New Testimony. telesurenglish.net United States Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, admitted Monday in a revised version of his earlier testimony that in fact, he told a Ukrainian official the U.S. would withhold aid unless they pursued investigations against Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden demanded by President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | US: Televised Impeachment Hearings Can Damage Both Parties | "Resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corrupt…

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-05). EU: ALL Israeli Settlement Activity is Illegal Under International Law. imemc.org The European Union (EU), on Tuesday, denounced Israeli plans to build thousands of new housing units as well as opening settlement roads in the occupied West Bank and stressed that all settlement activities are illegal under international law. "In October 2019, Israeli authorities approved the advancement of well over 2,000 …

Ron Ridenour (2019-11-05). Winding Brook Stories. dissidentvoice.org This series of teacher-student stories, interspersed with journalistic materials and writing, is aimed at showing how thousands of mainly white Europeans and Americans from both continents together with millions of Africans and peoples from India struggle to eradicate, or greatly reduce, poverty by "fighting with the poor". They do so out of "solidarity humanism" by …

United Nations (2019-11-05). International community urged to deliver on promise for better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina. un.org Current trends and public pronouncements by some political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina indicate an effort to roll back reforms implemented since the end of the Balkan wars two decades ago, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday.

WSWS (2019-11-05). Halle, Germany: Government moves to establish a police state after fascist attack. wsws.org The government is using the attack as a pretext to further arm the state apparatus and implement long-held plans to spy on journalists and Internet users.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2019-11-05). Media Debates as Russia Pushes into Africa. globalresearch.ca Since the collapse …

Kani Xulam (2019-11-05). Why Did Trump Sell Out Kurds? counterpunch.org On October 6, the presidents of America and Turkey spoke by phone. There is no transcript of what was said, but the White House issued a press release announcing the decision of Turkey's president to attack northern Syria, and that of the United States to withdraw from it. Kurds live in northern Syria, which we More

Staff (2019-11-05). "Release My Mother": A Yale Student Fights to Halt Deportation of His Mother with Stage IV Cancer. democracynow.org Tania Romero, an undocumented mother from Honduras and survivor of stage IV cancer, is fighting to remain in the United States with her four children. Two months ago, Romero was imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, interrupting her life-saving medical treatments. In mid-August, Romero was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction and arrested for not having a driver's license. Tania Romero's attorney requested a stay of deportation on humanitarian grounds because of her fragile health, but it was denied in September. Her son, Cristian…

The Canary (2019-11-05). You think Brexit has been tough? Wait until trade talks, says Michel Barnier. thecanary.co European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has drawn the battle lines for upcoming free trade talks with the UK if it leaves the bloc and warned Britain not to undercut EU standards.Barnier said the trade talks if Britain leaves on 31 January might be as tough as the long-running Brexit divorce negotiations, which have consumed much of the last three years.He said whatever trade agreement emerges, it will cost UK businesses, since they would now be outside the 28-nation bloc.Michel Barnier (Stefan Rousseau/PA)Currently, there is seamless trade and zero tariffs under common regulations since the UK is part of…

RT (2019-11-04). US Treasury sanctions Khamenei's son & Iran's General Staff on 40th anniversary of American embassy takeover in Tehran. rt.com Nine people, including the son of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, were blacklisted by the US on the 40th anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. | The new round of sanctions against Tehran were announced on the US Treasury Department's website. | Khamenei's son, Mojtaba Khamenei, is an influential religious and political figure in the country, with European sources previously mentioning his name among the possible successors of his father as Iranian supreme leader. | Iran's head of judiciary and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's chief o…

Staff (2019-11-04). GOP Voter Suppression Campaign Continues in Georgia. therealnews.com The GOP barely won the Georgia statehouse despite their campaign of suppressing 1.4 million votes. Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about how a new round of voter registration purges is a continuation of the same campaign.

Phyllis Bennis (2019-11-04). Trump Has Stolen the Anti-War Mantle. Here's How to Get It Back. thenation.com Trump Has Stolen the Anti-War Mantle. Here's How to Get It Back.

Staff (2019-11-04). Headlines for November 4, 2019. democracynow.org Four White House Officials Refused to Testify in Impeachment Hearings, Turkish-Backed Forces Accused of War Crimes in Northern Syria, Sen. Warren Releases Details on Her Medicare for All Plan, Trump to Nominate Dr. Stephen Hahn to Lead FDA, EPA Slated to Roll Back Rules to Protect Waterways from Toxic Coal Ash, Group of Automakers Sides with Trump Admin in Fight over Fuel-Efficiency Standards, NYT: Major U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty Could Expire Without Being Replaced, Mali: Over 50 Soldiers Killed in Attack on Military Post, Anti-Government Protests Continue to Sweep Iraq, Lebanon & Algeria, Brazilian Indigen…

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-03). "White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation. 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 (11/2/19). 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 …

Peter Koenig (2019-11-02). China Breaks the Western Debt Stranglehold on the World. dissidentvoice.org The west has colonized, exploited, ravaged and assassinated the people of the Global South for hundreds of years. Up to the mid-20th Century Europe has occupied Africa, and large parts of Asia. In Latin America, though much of the sub-Continent was "freed" from Spain and Portugal in the 19th Century — a new kind of …

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Aaron Maté (2019-10-25). Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria. thegrayzone.com Amid outrage over Turkey's atrocities against Kurdish civilians northern Syria, Max Blumenthal discusses how some of the Syrian militias committing…

Lucas Koerner (2019-10-23). US Renews Chevron License as European Refiner Cuts Venezuela Ties over Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com Finnish-Venezuelan refiner Nynas is one of PDVSA's few remaining cash buyers.

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