Daily Archives: October 5, 2019

2019-10-05: News Headlines

Common Dreams staff (2019-10-05). Because Trump 'Has Chosen Path of Defiance, Obstruction, and Cover-Up,' Democrats Subpoena White House for Ukraine Documents. commondreams.org "We deeply regret that President Trump has put us—and the nation—in this position," wrote Democratic chairmen of three key committees, "but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/white_house_subpoena.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-05). Second Intel Whistleblower Reportedly Considering Coming Forward With 'More Direct Information' on Trump-Ukraine Talks. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/whistleblower.jpg

Steve Sweeney (2019-10-04). European Parliament launches anti-communist crusade. peoplesworld.org Communists and left organizations have hit out at a reactionary "ahistorical" motion passed by the European Parliament last month which equates communism with "the monster of fascism." The European Communist Initiative condemned the "outrageous" resolution tabled by the right-wing European People's Party group and warned of the escalating anti-communism of the European Union (EU). The …

Alex Emmons (2019-10-04). Text Messages Show the Trump-Zelensky Call Had Just One Goal — And It Was Anything but Routine. theintercept.com A summary of the infamous conversation could lead to Donald Trump's impeachment, but these text messages reveal for the first time how the call came about.

RT (2019-10-04). Shot down? Testimony by Trump's Ukraine envoy seems to skewer Democrats' impeachment narrative. rt.com Another transcript has poked a hole in the narrative of House Democrats trying to impeach President Donald Trump, as former US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testified he never pushed Kiev for 'dirt' on former VP Joe Biden. | Volker was grilled for nine hours in a closed-doors session of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees on Thursday. Democrats on the committees claimed that he was instrumental in pushing the Ukrainian government to reopen a corruption investigation into Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine. | House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff (D-Califor…

RT (2019-10-04). As impeachment fever grips Washington, Ukraine reopens Biden probe following Trump's demands. rt.com As Democrats clamor to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring Ukraine into probing the Biden family, Kiev's top prosecutor announced that he will reopen the investigation. | Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced on Friday that he will review 15 high-profile corruption cases. Among them is an investigation into the owner of energy firm Burisma, which paid former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter $50,000 per month to sit on its board for five years, despite his lack of qualifications in the field. | President Trump believes that Joe Biden wielded his political influence t…

RT (2019-10-04). The Ukraine affair is damning, all right — just not in the way you're being told to think. rt.com Democrats say texts and transcripts involving US officials dealing with Ukraine prove President Donald Trump should be impeached. What they actually confirm, however, is the extent to which the US treats Ukraine as a vassal. | At the heart of the latest media firestorm are the text messages between US diplomats and Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. House Democrats seeking to impeach Trump have already sent a subpoena to the White House seeking more documents, and their allies in the media have proclaimed the texts to be "damning." | Much of the brouhaha centers on messages from Bill Taylor, charge d'af…

RT (2019-10-04). Character assassination 101: Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell biopic rips 'fake news' for 1996 Atlanta Olympic bombing smear. rt.com Hollywood director Clint Eastwood takes a critical look at the FBI and an overzealous news media in a new fact-based biopic telling the saga of Richard Jewell, a security guard fingered for a bomb plot he tried to stop. | While working as a guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Jewell discovered a backpack containing three pipe bombs. Immediately alerting police and helping to evacuate the area before the devices could detonate, Jewell saved scores of people from death or injury and was cheered for his heroism — but that would soon change. | Three days after the tragedy, Jewell found h…

RT (2019-10-04). Trump signs visa waiver for Poland following defense talks. rt.com President Donald Trump has signed off on Poland's entry to the State Department's Visa Waiver Program, letting Polish citizens enter the US for 90 days without a visa. The move follows defense talks with President Andrzej Duda. | Trump made the announcement on Friday, but the plan had been expected since Trump's meeting with Duda on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York last month. There the two leaders held talks on defense, security and energy, with Trump confirming his plans to relocate an estimated 1,000 US troops to Poland, with the Polish government building facilities to house them. | The…

Paul Street (2019-10-04). We Meddle Too: Trump, Empire, and "The National Interest" counterpunch.org Never underestimate the power of the United States' American Exeptionalist and imperial doctrine. Look at the recent Washington Post revelation regarding wannabe fascist strongman Donald Trump's meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Lavrov in the White House in 2017. Trump told Lavrov and another high-ranking Russian official that he wasn't concerned about Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States does the same thing in other countries. More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-04). France's Police Protest Movement: The Unspoken Truth is that their Demands are Similar to those of the Yellow Vests. globalresearch.ca Pour la version franàßaise de cet article | In early October, The French Police conducted La March de la colère, (The "March of Anger") directed against President Macron's deadly economic austerity measures. "The center of Paris was paralyzed by the largest …

Tracy Keeling (2019-10-04). Vladimir Putin even outdid Trump with this ludicrous comment on Greta Thunberg. thecanary.co Vladimir Putin just achieved the impossible: he outdid Donald Trump in sheer ludicrousness. The Russian president shared his thoughts on Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate activist who's inspired mass protests around the world. They're astounding in their hypocrisy and lack of awareness. | Adults have a duty: | Thunberg recently spoke at the UN. In her passionate speech, she said: Entire ecosyst…

teleSUR (2019-10-04). World Lauds Xi's National Day Speech as China Reaffirms Peace. telesurenglish.net Foreign officials and experts applauded a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as Beijing reaffirmed its commitment to world peace and development. | During his speech, Xi pledged that China will stay on the path of peaceful development, and pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up. | RELATED: | Russia Helps China Build Missile-Attack Warning System | "We will continue to work wit…

South Front (2019-10-04). Video: Russia Tested Elements of Advanced S-500 Air Defense in Syria. globalresearch.ca Syrian, Iranian and Russian forces started a joint military drill, involving heavy military equipment, rocket launchers and warplanes, on October 1, al-Watan newspaper reported on October 2. According to al-Watan, the drills coincided with a series of protests against the …

Romain Mielcarek (2019-10-04). Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen? thenation.com Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen?

United Nations (2019-10-04). Ground-breaking clean air protocol to guard human health and the planet, enters into force. un.org European and North American countries will take a major stride in cleaning up the atmosphere next Monday, 7 October, through the implementation of an amended legally binding treaty to limit the amount of emissions polluting the air.

WSWS (2019-10-04). New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe. wsws.org The Trump administration's announcement of tariffs on $7.5 billion on EU goods is only the latest shot in a spiraling trade war that is dragging the global economy toward recession.

Jeet Heer (2019-10-04). All the President's Scandals. thenation.com All the President's Scandals…

Derek Royden (2019-10-04). Missed opportunities? Pros and cons of a 'focused' Trump impeachment inquiry. nationofchange.org For almost two weeks, American news has been filled with stories about the possibility and soon enough reality of an impeachment inquiry in the country's House of Representatives. The inquiry comes as a result of a whistleblower complaint filed by a still anonymous source now believed to have come forward in relation to a July 25th phone call that had taken place between the current occupant of the White House and the then newly elected president of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. …

Staff (2019-10-04). A Brief Guide to Giuliani's Questionable Friends in Ukraine. truthout.org | | In the past two weeks, we've heard a lot about efforts by President Donald Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to push officials in Ukraine to investigate Trump's opponents. As the news has unfolded, it has introduced us to a litany of unfamiliar characters in both Ukraine and the U.S., many of whom were working with Giuliani or, in some fashion, on behalf of the president. | Our "Trump, Inc." colleague Ilya Marritz was in Kyiv, Ukraine, last week following the trail of Giuliani in an effort to understand…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-04). Ukraine Gains from Trump's Impeachment Inquiry. globalresearch.ca The controversy swirling around the phone conversation between the US President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky regarding the business interests of former vice-president Joe Biden's son is having a salutary effect on the conflict in Ukraine. | The US …

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-04). Former Ukraine President Poroshenko under Police Investigation: Fails to Appear for Polygraph Test. globalresearch.ca Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko failed to appear at the Kiev Research Institute of Forensic Expertise for a polygraph test on October 1st. The test was scheduled to be conducted by Ukraine's National Bureau of Investigations, having been authorized by …

Staff (2019-10-04). Lessons From Watergate: "How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President" truthout.org | | President Donald Trump called openly Thursday for the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate Trump's campaign rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter for corruption. Trump's explicit remarks during a press conference came as leaders of the Democratic-led House pushed ahead rapidly with their impeachment investigation. President Trump is just the fourth U.S. president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. We spend the hour looking ba…

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-04). The Eurasian Economic Union's Expansion Is Encouraging, but Don't Get Too Excited. globalresearch.ca The recent meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Council in the Armenian capital of Yerevan at the beginning of October saw the reaching of a free trade agreement with the ASEAN powerhouse of Singapore and confirmation that a temporary deal will …

Olivia Rosane (2019-10-04). First wolf sighted in Belgium in 100 years was likely shot with her cubs. nationofchange.org Naya made wildlife history when she became the first wolf to be spotted in Belgium for more than 100 years in January 2018. But the wolf, who was carrying cubs, has not been seen since May. Belgium's Nature and Forest Agency (ANB) says it is "virtually certain" she has been killed, according to The Guardian. "The death of the wolf and …

Rajan Menon (2019-10-04). Why Arms Races Never End: Hypersonic Weapons and National (In)security. counterpunch.org Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour. They are among the latest entrants in an arms competition that has embroiled the United States for generations, first with the Soviet Union, today with China and Russia. Pentagon officials More

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Medvedev Receives Honoris Causa Degree From University Of Havana. telesurenglish.net Russian Prime Minister thanked the academic condition and called it an honor, as well as a wonderful opportunity to make a speech, for the first time, at the University of Havana, an "unique place where the leaders of the Cuban Revolution grew, and also opened a path for the independence and freedom of this country."

Tsvetana Paraskova (2019-10-04). Russia's Largest Oil Company Ditches Dollar in New Oil Deals. globalresearch.ca Russia's largest oil company Rosneft has set the euro as the default currency for all new exports of crude oil and refined products, as the state-controlled giant looks to switch as many sales as possible from U.S. dollars to euros …

Staff (2019-10-04). From Trump to Nixon: "Watergate" Film Explains "How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President" democracynow.org President Donald Trump called openly Thursday for the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate Trump's campaign rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter for corruption. Trump's explicit remarks during a press conference came as leaders of the Democratic-led House pushed ahead rapidly with their impeachment investigation. President Trump is just the fourth U.S. president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. We spend the hour looking at back at the Watergate scandal, which led to Nixon's resignation in 1974 and is the focus of a documentary titled "Watergate…

Staff (2019-10-04). Headlines for October 4, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Publicly Calls on Ukraine and China to Investigate the Bidens, Trump Discussed Campaign Rivals in June Call with China's Xi Jinping, FEC Chair: Illegal for Candidates to Solicit Foreign Help in U.S. Elections, Messages Detail How U.S. Officials Pressured Ukraine on Trump's Behalf, IRS Whistleblower: Treasury Official Tried to Interfere with Trump or Pence Tax Audit, Trump Administration to Collect DNA of All Immigrants Jailed in U.S., Iraq Death Toll at 44 as Violent Repression of Protests Continues, Honduran President Denies Narcotrafficking Ties as His Brother Faces U.S. Trial, Protests Rock Ecuador as IM…

Al Neal (2019-10-04). Johnson's "fair and reasonable" Brexit compromise falls on deaf ears. peoplesworld.org British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered the European Union a proposed "best and final offer" Brexit deal Wednesday, saying it encapsulates a real compromise for both sides and urged EU leaders to hold "rapid negotiations towards a solution" after years of squabbling. The U.K. is slated to withdraw from EU membership Oct. 31. And with …

The Canary (2019-10-04). Bereaved families fear Grenfell Tower report will be 'buried in Brexit'. thecanary.co Families of those killed in the Grenfell Tower blaze fear a report into what happened will be "buried in Brexit" after it was revealed that it will be published a day before Britain is due to leave the European Union.Boris Johnson, in a letter to inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick, set a deadline of October 30 for making public the initial findings on the west London fire.The stage one report from the ongoing inquiry, examining the deaths of the 72 people victims, is expected to shed light on how the fire started, the reason it spread as it did, and the reaction from the emergency services, as well as issuing…

The Canary (2019-10-04). Prime Minister will ask for Brexit delay if no deal reached, court document claims. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's government will ask for a Brexit delay if he fails to get a deal with Brussels despite his 'do or die' promise to get the UK out of the European Union on October 31, documents disclosed in court have revealed. | The prime minister accepts the terms of the Benn Act, which requires him to seek an extension if a deal has not been agreed with the EU by October 19, according to a submission to Scotland's highest civil court. | The Government is saying that it will send the Benn Act letter and it will not frustrate the Act (i.e. by seeking to persuade a r27 Member State to veto our request for an extens…

The Canary (2019-10-04). Boris Johnson is in the pocket of DUP, says Lord Hain. thecanary.co Boris Johnson is in the pocket of the DUP — a party which does not speak for all of the north of Ireland, a former secretary of state has warned. | Lord Hain said he was not surprised at the Irish government's rejection of the prime minister's Brexit proposals, saying that Johnson's blueprint was "dumping" the border problem on Dublin. | The Labour peer, who served as Northern Ireland secretary from 2005 to 2007, said the solution is to have the same rules either side of the border for customs, trade, standards and regulations. | Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Lord Hain said: "The DUP doesn't sp…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-04). House Dems Take Aim at Pence Role in Ukraine Scandal as Impeachment Inquiry Continues. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/the_boys.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-04). Former US Envoy Kurt Volker Details Attempts to Steer Giuliani and Trump Away From Pressure Campaign Targeting Ukraine. commondreams.org The prepared testimony of former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker provided new details about the involvement of Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, in pressuring Ukrainian officials to commit to an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11734819761.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-04). Report Shows 'Stunning and Dramatic' Scenes of Thawing Permafrost in Siberia That 'Leaves Millions on Unstable Ground'. commondreams.org The latest installment in a Washington Post series on "hot zones" around the world that are already enduring "extreme climate change" focuses on the federal Russian republic in eastern Siberia called Yakutia, part of which "has warmed by more than 3 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times—roughly triple the global average." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/permafrost_2.jpg

Robert Mackey (2019-10-04). Echoing Trump, Russian TV Casts Joe Biden and Kurt Volker as Villains of Ukraine Saga. theintercept.com Russian television coverage of the unfolding scandal over Ukraine, which has focused on promoting smears against Joe Biden, has been fervently pro-Trump.

RT (2019-10-03). Trump says China and Ukraine should investigate the Bidens' activities in the countries. rt.com President Donald Trump has called on the governments of both China and Ukraine to investigate the business and political activities of Hunter and Joe Biden, as his opponents start an impeachment inquiry over his call to Kiev. | Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Thursday, Trump reiterated his demand that Ukraine's government investigate the Bidens, a similar suggestion he made to newly-minted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a now-infamous phone call in July. | "If they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens," Trump said. "They should investigate the…

RT (2019-10-03). Homeless LA 'subway soprano' offered a record deal after video of her angelic singing goes viral. rt.com Emily Zamourka, a homeless Russian singer who has become an overnight internet sensation, has been offered a record deal by a Grammy-nominated music producer, signaling a reversal of fortunes for the destitute virtuoso. | Zamourka has been living on the streets of Los Angeles after falling on hard times, but a viral video of her singing Puccini in the subway has led to an outpouring of support, donations and job offers. | According to TMZ, Zamourka caught the attention of Joel Diamond, who has worked with the likes of David Hasselhoff and famed singer Engelbert Humperdinck. The producer hopes to create a "huge…

RT (2019-10-03). 'For futur of you're famly': FBI seeks to recruit 'Russian spies' with hilariously inept Facebook ad. rt.com The FBI has sought to recruit "Russian spies" in Washington, DC through a series of Facebook ads — suggesting a degree of desperation when it comes to counter-intelligence assets, but also a serious lack of copy editing talent. | "The FBI obtains the best intelligence to combat threats through information provided by the public. If you have information that can help the FBI, visit us," the three ads launched on September 11 urge in English. They are accompanied by stock photos with trite captions in Russian. | "Time to build Bridges," says one, over a drawing of a man crossing a bridge. | "Isn't it time…

teleSUR (2019-10-03). Italy: Lampedusa Remembers 368 Migrants Who Died in Shipwreck. telesurenglish.net Carrying a banner reading "We are all on the same boat," hundreds of Italian human rights defenders and social activists toured the streets of Lampedusa on Thursday to pay tribute to the memory of 368 refugees and migrants who perished in a shipwreck on Oct. 3, 2013, and all others who have lost their lives during sea crossings. | RELATED: | Italy: Mayors of Bologna and Lampedusa Propose Migration Pact | "The [Italian] National Day of Remembrance and Reception was established by…

Reese Erlich (2019-10-03). Foreign Correspondent: Turkey Plans an Attack on Syrian Kurds. progressive.org So far, the scheme isn't working so well.

Eric Zuesse (2019-10-03). Misrepresentations of American and Soviet Roles in World War II and the Cold War. globalresearch.ca Introduction | The Soviet Union contributed more than did any other nation to the defeats of Germany and Japan in World War II, but America and Britain together defeated Italy. Many prominent Western 'historians' white-out the Soviet roles in defeating …

Tommy Enright (2019-10-03). The Cognitive Dissonance of Sonny Perdue. progressive.org The affable statesman from Georgia joked and charmed his way through a town hall meeting at the World Dairy Expo. The actual substance of his responses was another matter.

teleSUR (2019-10-03). Employee Kills Four Officers Inside Police HQ In Paris. telesurenglish.net A 45-year-old IT assistant killed three police officers and an administrative worker inside the force's HQ in Central Paris before being shot dead by an officer, French officials said. | RELATED: | France Admits Chemical Plant Fire Leaves 'Polluted Site | The man, who had been working there since 2003, stabbed three men and a woman, according to Paris police auth…

Mickaà´l Correia (2019-10-03). The Dark Side of Portugal's Economic Success Story. thenation.com The Dark Side of Portugal's Economic Success Story…

Staff (2019-10-03). Headlines for October 3, 2019. democracynow.org House Democrats Prepare White House Subpoena in Impeachment Probe, Trump Rages Against Impeachment Probe with Profanity and Insults, Bernie Sanders Has Surgery to Clear Blocked Artery, Deaths and Injuries Mount as Iraqi Police and Soldiers Fire on Protesters, EU Officials Wary as British PM Boris Johnson Unveils Brexit Plan , Hong Kong Teen Shot During Protests Charged with Assaulting Officer, Record-Breaking Hurricane Lorenzo Lashes Azores, Heads for Ireland, London Climate Protesters Spray British Treasury with Fake Blood, Cameroonian Asylum Seeker Dies in For-Profit Immigration Jail, Plácido Domingo Quits L.A.

The Canary (2019-10-03). 'Obvious challenges' with UK exit plan, warns Irish minister. thecanary.co The Irish minister for european affairs has said there are "concerns" and "obvious challenges" with the UK's submitted plans to leave the EU. | Helen McEntee, speaking on 3 October, said she welcomed the plans after months of "ideas and non-papers", but repeatedly voiced concerns about the contents of the proposals submitted by Boris Johnson to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker on 2 October. | Irish Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee said repeatedly this morning there are "concerns and obvious challenges" with UK's submitted brexit proposals. Irish government stance has not changed and contrary…

teleSUR (2019-10-03). European Parliament to Veto Boris Johnson's Brexit Proposal. telesurenglish.net The European Parliament has described as unacceptable the last minute Brexit proposal presented by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. | RELATED: | UK PM to Reveal Brexit Plan, Proposes All-Ireland Economic Zone | In a statement, released on Thursday, the Brexit negotiation group said, this proposal, does not focus on the real matters that need to be resolved, like the integrity of the single m…

2019-10-05: Social Media Postees

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Because Trump 'Has Chosen Path of Defiance, Obstruction, and Cover-Up,' Democrats Subpoena White House for Ukraine Documents
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-10-05
"We deeply regret that President Trump has put us—and the nation—in this position," wrote Democratic chairmen of three key committees, "but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/white_house_subpoena.jpg
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Second Intel Whistleblower Reportedly Considering Coming Forward With 'More Direct Information' on Trump-Ukraine Talks
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-05
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France's Police Protest Movement: The Unspoken Truth is that their Demands are Similar to those of the Yellow Vests
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Pour la version franàßaise de cet article | In early October, The French Police conducted La March de la colère, (The "March of Anger") directed against President Macron's deadly economic austerity measures. "The center of Paris was paralyzed by the largest …
globalresearch.ca/frances-police-protest-movement-the-unspoken-truth-is-that-their-demands-are-similar-to-those-of-the-yellow-vests/5690970

Vladimir Putin even outdid Trump with this ludicrous comment on Greta Thunberg
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Vladimir Putin just achieved the impossible: he outdid Donald Trump in sheer ludicrousness. The Russian president shared his thoughts on Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate activist who's inspired mass protests around the world. They're astounding in their hypocrisy and lack of awareness. | Adults have a duty: | Thunberg recently spoke at the UN. In her passionate speech, she said: Entire ecosyst…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/10/04/vladimir-putin-even-outdid-trump-with-this-ludicrous-comment-on-greta-thunberg/

World Lauds Xi's National Day Speech as China Reaffirms Peace
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
Foreign officials and experts applauded a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as Beijing reaffirmed its commitment to world peace and development. | During his speech, Xi pledged that China will stay on the path of peaceful development, and pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up. | RELATED: | Russia Helps China Build Missile-Attack Warning System | "We will continue to work wit…
telesurenglish.net/news/World-Lauds-Xis-National-Day-Speech-as-China-Reaffirms-Peace-20191004-0011.html

Video: Russia Tested Elements of Advanced S-500 Air Defense in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Syrian, Iranian and Russian forces started a joint military drill, involving heavy military equipment, rocket launchers and warplanes, on October 1, al-Watan newspaper reported on October 2. According to al-Watan, the drills coincided with a series of protests against the …
globalresearch.ca/video-russia-tested-s-500-syria/5691029

We Meddle Too: Trump, Empire, and "The National Interest"
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Never underestimate the power of the United States' American Exeptionalist and imperial doctrine. Look at the recent Washington Post revelation regarding wannabe fascist strongman Donald Trump's meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Lavrov in the White House in 2017. Trump told Lavrov and another high-ranking Russian official that he wasn't concerned about Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States does the same thing in other countries.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/04/we-meddle-too-trump-empire-and-the-national-interest/

European Parliament launches anti-communist crusade
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-04
Communists and left organizations have hit out at a reactionary "ahistorical" motion passed by the European Parliament last month which equates communism with "the monster of fascism." The European Communist Initiative condemned the "outrageous" resolution tabled by the right-wing European People's Party group and warned of the escalating anti-communism of the European Union (EU). The …
peoplesworld.org/article/european-parliament-launches-anti-communist-crusade/

Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen?
Romain Mielcarek | thenation.com | 2019-10-04
Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen?
thenation.com/article/yemen-europe-weapons/

New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe
wsws.org | 2019-10-04
The Trump administration's announcement of tariffs on $7.5 billion on EU goods is only the latest shot in a spiraling trade war that is dragging the global economy toward recession.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/04/pers-o04.html

Ground-breaking clean air protocol to guard human health and the planet, enters into force
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-04
European and North American countries will take a major stride in cleaning up the atmosphere next Monday, 7 October, through the implementation of an amended legally binding treaty to limit the amount of emissions polluting the air.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1048612

Shot down? Testimony by Trump's Ukraine envoy seems to skewer Democrats' impeachment narrative
rt.com | 2019-10-04
Another transcript has poked a hole in the narrative of House Democrats trying to impeach President Donald Trump, as former US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testified he never pushed Kiev for 'dirt' on former VP Joe Biden. | Volker was grilled for nine hours in a closed-doors session of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees on Thursday. Democrats on the committees claimed that he was instrumental in pushing the Ukrainian government to reopen a corruption investigation into Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine. | House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff (D-Califor…
rt.com/usa/470228-volker-testimony-transcript-released/

Text Messages Show the Trump-Zelensky Call Had Just One Goal — And It Was Anything but Routine
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-10-04
A summary of the infamous conversation could lead to Donald Trump's impeachment, but these text messages reveal for the first time how the call came about.
theintercept.com/2019/10/04/trump-ukraine-call/

The Ukraine affair is damning, all right — just not in the way you're being told to think
rt.com | 2019-10-04
Democrats say texts and transcripts involving US officials dealing with Ukraine prove President Donald Trump should be impeached. What they actually confirm, however, is the extent to which the US treats Ukraine as a vassal. | At the heart of the latest media firestorm are the text messages between US diplomats and Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. House Democrats seeking to impeach Trump have already sent a subpoena to the White House seeking more documents, and their allies in the media have proclaimed the texts to be "damning." | Much of the brouhaha centers on messages from Bill Taylor, charge d'af…
rt.com/usa/470232-ukraine-texts-volker-impeachment/

Former Ukraine President Poroshenko under Police Investigation: Fails to Appear for Polygraph Test
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko failed to appear at the Kiev Research Institute of Forensic Expertise for a polygraph test on October 1st. The test was scheduled to be conducted by Ukraine's National Bureau of Investigations, having been authorized by …
globalresearch.ca/poroshenko-fails-appear-polygraph/5691024

Lessons From Watergate: "How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-04
| President Donald Trump called openly Thursday for the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate Trump's campaign rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter for corruption. Trump's explicit remarks during a press conference came as leaders of the Democratic-led House pushed ahead rapidly with their impeachment investigation. President Trump is just the fourth U.S. president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. We spend the hour looking ba…
truthout.org/video/lessons-from-watergate-how-we-learned-to-stop-an-out-of-control-president/

Missed opportunities? Pros and cons of a 'focused' Trump impeachment inquiry
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
For almost two weeks, American news has been filled with stories about the possibility and soon enough reality of an impeachment inquiry in the country's House of Representatives. The inquiry comes as a result of a whistleblower complaint filed by a still anonymous source now believed to have come forward in relation to a July 25th phone call that had taken place between the current occupant of the White House and the then newly elected president of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/04/missed-opportunities-pros-and-cons-of-a-focused-trump-impeachment-inquiry/

As impeachment fever grips Washington, Ukraine reopens Biden probe following Trump's demands
rt.com | 2019-10-04
As Democrats clamor to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring Ukraine into probing the Biden family, Kiev's top prosecutor announced that he will reopen the investigation. | Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced on Friday that he will review 15 high-profile corruption cases. Among them is an investigation into the owner of energy firm Burisma, which paid former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter $50,000 per month to sit on its board for five years, despite his lack of qualifications in the field. | President Trump believes that Joe Biden wielded his political influence t…
rt.com/usa/470209-ukraine-opens-biden-investigation/

All the President's Scandals
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-04
All the President's Scandals…
thenation.com/article/trump-ukraine-texts/

Ukraine Gains from Trump's Impeachment Inquiry
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
The controversy swirling around the phone conversation between the US President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky regarding the business interests of former vice-president Joe Biden's son is having a salutary effect on the conflict in Ukraine. | The US …
globalresearch.ca/ukraine-gains-trump-impeachment-inquiry/5691061

Echoing Trump, Russian TV Casts Joe Biden and Kurt Volker as Villains of Ukraine Saga
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-10-04
Russian television coverage of the unfolding scandal over Ukraine, which has focused on promoting smears against Joe Biden, has been fervently pro-Trump.
theintercept.com/2019/10/04/russian-state-tv-echoing-fox-news-calls-biden-villain-ukraine-giuliani-hero/

A Brief Guide to Giuliani's Questionable Friends in Ukraine
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-04
| In the past two weeks, we've heard a lot about efforts by President Donald Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to push officials in Ukraine to investigate Trump's opponents. As the news has unfolded, it has introduced us to a litany of unfamiliar characters in both Ukraine and the U.S., many of whom were working with Giuliani or, in some fashion, on behalf of the president. | Our "Trump, Inc." colleague Ilya Marritz was in Kyiv, Ukraine, last week following the trail of Giuliani in an effort to understand…
truthout.org/audio/a-brief-guide-to-giulianis-questionable-friends-in-ukraine/

Character assassination 101: Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell biopic rips 'fake news' for 1996 Atlanta Olympic bombing smear
rt.com | 2019-10-04
Hollywood director Clint Eastwood takes a critical look at the FBI and an overzealous news media in a new fact-based biopic telling the saga of Richard Jewell, a security guard fingered for a bomb plot he tried to stop. | While working as a guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Jewell discovered a backpack containing three pipe bombs. Immediately alerting police and helping to evacuate the area before the devices could detonate, Jewell saved scores of people from death or injury and was cheered for his heroism — but that would soon change. | Three days after the tragedy, Jewell found h…
rt.com/usa/470169-clint-eastwood-biopic-richard-jewell/

Trump signs visa waiver for Poland following defense talks
rt.com | 2019-10-04
President Donald Trump has signed off on Poland's entry to the State Department's Visa Waiver Program, letting Polish citizens enter the US for 90 days without a visa. The move follows defense talks with President Andrzej Duda. | Trump made the announcement on Friday, but the plan had been expected since Trump's meeting with Duda on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York last month. There the two leaders held talks on defense, security and energy, with Trump confirming his plans to relocate an estimated 1,000 US troops to Poland, with the Polish government building facilities to house them. | The…
rt.com/usa/470217-trump-poland-visa-waiver/

The Eurasian Economic Union's Expansion Is Encouraging, but Don't Get Too Excited
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
The recent meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Council in the Armenian capital of Yerevan at the beginning of October saw the reaching of a free trade agreement with the ASEAN powerhouse of Singapore and confirmation that a temporary deal will …
globalresearch.ca/eurasian-economic-union-expansion/5691053

First wolf sighted in Belgium in 100 years was likely shot with her cubs
Olivia Rosane | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
Naya made wildlife history when she became the first wolf to be spotted in Belgium for more than 100 years in January 2018. But the wolf, who was carrying cubs, has not been seen since May. Belgium's Nature and Forest Agency (ANB) says it is "virtually certain" she has been killed, according to The Guardian. "The death of the wolf and …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/04/first-wolf-sighted-in-belgium-in-100-years-was-likely-shot-with-her-cubs/

Medvedev Receives Honoris Causa Degree From University Of Havana
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
Russian Prime Minister thanked the academic condition and called it an honor, as well as a wonderful opportunity to make a speech, for the first time, at the University of Havana, an "unique place where the leaders of the Cuban Revolution grew, and also opened a path for the independence and freedom of this country."
telesurenglish.net/news/medvedev-receives-honoris-causa-degree-from-university-of-havana-20191004-0008.html

Why Arms Races Never End: Hypersonic Weapons and National (In)security
Rajan Menon | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour. They are among the latest entrants in an arms competition that has embroiled the United States for generations, first with the Soviet Union, today with China and Russia. Pentagon officials…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/04/why-arms-races-never-end-hypersonic-weapons-and-national-insecurity/

Russia's Largest Oil Company Ditches Dollar in New Oil Deals
Tsvetana Paraskova | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Russia's largest oil company Rosneft has set the euro as the default currency for all new exports of crude oil and refined products, as the state-controlled giant looks to switch as many sales as possible from U.S. dollars to euros …
globalresearch.ca/russia-largest-oil-company-ditches-dollar-new-oil-deals/5691047

From Trump to Nixon: "Watergate" Film Explains "How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-04
President Donald Trump called openly Thursday for the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate Trump's campaign rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter for corruption. Trump's explicit remarks during a press conference came as leaders of the Democratic-led House pushed ahead rapidly with their impeachment investigation. President Trump is just the fourth U.S. president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. We spend the hour looking at back at the Watergate scandal, which led to Nixon's resignation in 1974 and is the focus of a documentary titled "Watergate…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/4/charles_ferguson_interview_watergate_impeachment

Prime Minister will ask for Brexit delay if no deal reached, court document claims
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Boris Johnson's government will ask for a Brexit delay if he fails to get a deal with Brussels despite his 'do or die' promise to get the UK out of the European Union on October 31, documents disclosed in court have revealed. | The prime minister accepts the terms of the Benn Act, which requires him to seek an extension if a deal has not been agreed with the EU by October 19, according to a submission to Scotland's highest civil court. | The Government is saying that it will send the Benn Act letter and it will not frustrate the Act (i.e. by seeking to persuade a r27 Member State to veto our request for an extens…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/10/04/prime-minister-will-ask-for-brexit-delay-if-no-deal-reached-court-document-claims/

Bereaved families fear Grenfell Tower report will be 'buried in Brexit'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Families of those killed in the Grenfell Tower blaze fear a report into what happened will be "buried in Brexit" after it was revealed that it will be published a day before Britain is due to leave the European Union.Boris Johnson, in a letter to inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick, set a deadline of October 30 for making public the initial findings on the west London fire.The stage one report from the ongoing inquiry, examining the deaths of the 72 people victims, is expected to shed light on how the fire started, the reason it spread as it did, and the reaction from the emergency services, as well as issuing…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/10/04/bereaved-families-fear-grenfell-tower-report-will-be-buried-in-brexit/

Johnson's "fair and reasonable" Brexit compromise falls on deaf ears
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-04
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered the European Union a proposed "best and final offer" Brexit deal Wednesday, saying it encapsulates a real compromise for both sides and urged EU leaders to hold "rapid negotiations towards a solution" after years of squabbling. The U.K. is slated to withdraw from EU membership Oct. 31. And with …
peoplesworld.org/article/johnsons-fair-and-reasonable-brexit-compromise-falls-on-deaf-ears/

Boris Johnson is in the pocket of DUP, says Lord Hain
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Boris Johnson is in the pocket of the DUP — a party which does not speak for all of the north of Ireland, a former secretary of state has warned. | Lord Hain said he was not surprised at the Irish government's rejection of the prime minister's Brexit proposals, saying that Johnson's blueprint was "dumping" the border problem on Dublin. | The Labour peer, who served as Northern Ireland secretary from 2005 to 2007, said the solution is to have the same rules either side of the border for customs, trade, standards and regulations. | Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Lord Hain said: "The DUP doesn't sp…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/10/04/boris-johnson-is-in-the-pocket-of-dup-says-lord-hain/

House Dems Take Aim at Pence Role in Ukraine Scandal as Impeachment Inquiry Continues
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-04
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Former US Envoy Kurt Volker Details Attempts to Steer Giuliani and Trump Away From Pressure Campaign Targeting Ukraine
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-04
The prepared testimony of former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker provided new details about the involvement of Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, in pressuring Ukrainian officials to commit to an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11734819761.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/04/former-us-envoy-kurt-volker-details-attempts-steer-giuliani-and-trump-away-pressure?cd-origin=rss

Report Shows 'Stunning and Dramatic' Scenes of Thawing Permafrost in Siberia That 'Leaves Millions on Unstable Ground'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-04
The latest installment in a Washington Post series on "hot zones" around the world that are already enduring "extreme climate change" focuses on the federal Russian republic in eastern Siberia called Yakutia, part of which "has warmed by more than 3 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times—roughly triple the global average." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/permafrost_2.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/04/report-shows-stunning-and-dramatic-scenes-thawing-permafrost-siberia-leaves-millions?cd-origin=rss

Italy: Lampedusa Remembers 368 Migrants Who Died in Shipwreck
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-03
Carrying a banner reading "We are all on the same boat," hundreds of Italian human rights defenders and social activists toured the streets of Lampedusa on Thursday to pay tribute to the memory of 368 refugees and migrants who perished in a shipwreck on Oct. 3, 2013, and all others who have lost their lives during sea crossings. | RELATED: | Italy: Mayors of Bologna and Lampedusa Propose Migration Pact | "The [Italian] National Day of Remembrance and Reception was established by…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italy-Lampedusa-Remembers-368-Migrants-Who-Died-in-Shipwreck-20191003-0013.html

Foreign Correspondent: Turkey Plans an Attack on Syrian Kurds
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-10-03
So far, the scheme isn't working so well.
progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-turkey-plans-attack-on-syrian-kurds-erlich-191003/

Misrepresentations of American and Soviet Roles in World War II and the Cold War
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-03
Introduction | The Soviet Union contributed more than did any other nation to the defeats of Germany and Japan in World War II, but America and Britain together defeated Italy. Many prominent Western 'historians' white-out the Soviet roles in defeating …
globalresearch.ca/misrepresentations-american-soviet-roles-wwii-cold-war/5690937

Trump says China and Ukraine should investigate the Bidens' activities in the countries
rt.com | 2019-10-03
President Donald Trump has called on the governments of both China and Ukraine to investigate the business and political activities of Hunter and Joe Biden, as his opponents start an impeachment inquiry over his call to Kiev. | Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Thursday, Trump reiterated his demand that Ukraine's government investigate the Bidens, a similar suggestion he made to newly-minted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a now-infamous phone call in July. | "If they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens," Trump said. "They should investigate the…
rt.com/usa/470136-trump-china-investigate-bidens/

The Cognitive Dissonance of Sonny Perdue
Tommy Enright | progressive.org | 2019-10-03
The affable statesman from Georgia joked and charmed his way through a town hall meeting at the World Dairy Expo. The actual substance of his responses was another matter.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-cognitive-dissonance-of-sonny-perdue-enwright-191003/

Homeless LA 'subway soprano' offered a record deal after video of her angelic singing goes viral
rt.com | 2019-10-03
Emily Zamourka, a homeless Russian singer who has become an overnight internet sensation, has been offered a record deal by a Grammy-nominated music producer, signaling a reversal of fortunes for the destitute virtuoso. | Zamourka has been living on the streets of Los Angeles after falling on hard times, but a viral video of her singing Puccini in the subway has led to an outpouring of support, donations and job offers. | According to TMZ, Zamourka caught the attention of Joel Diamond, who has worked with the likes of David Hasselhoff and famed singer Engelbert Humperdinck. The producer hopes to create a "huge…
rt.com/usa/470097-zamourka-record-deal-la-homeless/

'For futur of you're famly': FBI seeks to recruit 'Russian spies' with hilariously inept Facebook ad
rt.com | 2019-10-03
The FBI has sought to recruit "Russian spies" in Washington, DC through a series of Facebook ads — suggesting a degree of desperation when it comes to counter-intelligence assets, but also a serious lack of copy editing talent. | "The FBI obtains the best intelligence to combat threats through information provided by the public. If you have information that can help the FBI, visit us," the three ads launched on September 11 urge in English. They are accompanied by stock photos with trite captions in Russian. | "Time to build Bridges," says one, over a drawing of a man crossing a bridge. | "Isn't it time…
rt.com/usa/470088-fbi-russia-facebook-ads/

Employee Kills Four Officers Inside Police HQ In Paris
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-03
A 45-year-old IT assistant killed three police officers and an administrative worker inside the force's HQ in Central Paris before being shot dead by an officer, French officials said. | RELATED: | France Admits Chemical Plant Fire Leaves 'Polluted Site | The man, who had been working there since 2003, stabbed three men and a woman, according to Paris police auth…
telesurenglish.net/news/it-employee-stabs-four-officers-to-dead-inside-police-hq-in-paris–20191003-0020.html

The Dark Side of Portugal's Economic Success Story
Mickaà´l Correia | thenation.com | 2019-10-03
The Dark Side of Portugal's Economic Success Story…
thenation.com/article/portugal-economy-public-investment/

European Parliament to Veto Boris Johnson's Brexit Proposal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-03
The European Parliament has described as unacceptable the last minute Brexit proposal presented by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. | RELATED: | UK PM to Reveal Brexit Plan, Proposes All-Ireland Economic Zone | In a statement, released on Thursday, the Brexit negotiation group said, this proposal, does not focus on the real matters that need to be resolved, like the integrity of the single m…
telesurenglish.net/news/european-parliament-veto-boris-johnson-brexit-proposal-20191003-0019.html

'Obvious challenges' with UK exit plan, warns Irish minister
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-03
The Irish minister for european affairs has said there are "concerns" and "obvious challenges" with the UK's submitted plans to leave the EU. | Helen McEntee, speaking on 3 October, said she welcomed the plans after months of "ideas and non-papers", but repeatedly voiced concerns about the contents of the proposals submitted by Boris Johnson to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker on 2 October. | Irish Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee said repeatedly this morning there are "concerns and obvious challenges" with UK's submitted brexit proposals. Irish government stance has not changed and contrary…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/10/03/obvious-challenges-with-uk-exit-plan-warns-irish-minister/

Protests Rage as Ukraine's President Zelensky Allows Election in Donbass
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-02
Zelensky's unlikely rise to power in Ukraine was based in large part on convincing voters that he would ease tensions with Russia.

Protests Rage as Ukraine's President Zelensky Allows Election in Donbass

Trump triumphant as New York Times report reveals 'whistleblower' spoke to 'Shifty Schiff' before filing complaint
rt.com | 2019-10-02
The CIA agent accusing President Donald Trump of a quid pro quo with Ukraine spoke to House intel chief Adam Schiff's staff before filing his whistleblower complaint, sources say — and Trump believes the collusion goes deeper. | The "whistleblower" spoke to a House Intelligence Committee staffer about his concerns, gleaned from secondhand knowledge of a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, that the president was abusing his power — and that staffer shared the information with Schiff — before the still-anonymous CIA officer filed his complaint, according to the Ne…
rt.com/usa/470078-whistleblower-schiff-trump-complaint-scandal/