Russia Isn't Getting the Recognition It Deserves on Syria
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
At a time when the credibility of the United States as either an unbiased actor or reliable ally lies in tatters, Russia has emerged as the one major power whose loyalty to its allies is unquestioned, and whose ability to serve as an honest broker between seemingly intractable opponents is unmatched. | If there is to be peace in Syria, it will be largely due to the patient efforts of Moscow employing deft negotiation, backed up as needed by military force, to shape conditions conducive for a political solution to a violent problem. If ever there was a primer for the art of diplomacy, the experience of Russia in S…
There's more to Turkey's invasion of northern Syria than the media's reporting
Celal Cahit Agar | thecanary.co | 2019-10-30
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…
Spain: Communist groups defend imprisoned Catalan leaders
| workers.org | 2019-10-30
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…
Trump's Phony Pretext to "Protect" Syria against ISIS: US Occupation and Plunder of Syrian Oil Prevails
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
US aggression in Syria is all about eliminating its sovereign independence, gaining another imperial trophy, installing puppet rule, plundering its resources, exploiting its people, removing an Israeli rival, and isolating Iran — ahead of stepped up hostile actions against its …
US House of Reps Votes to Recognize Armenian Genocide
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote instantly denounced by Turkey. | RELATED: | US House Democrats Ready Impeachment Rules, as 1st Trump Official Testifies | The Democratic-controlled House voted 405-11 in favor of a resolution asserting that it is U.S. policy to commemorate as genocide the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoma…
"We're Keeping the Oil" says Trump: Military Conflict Between Russia and the US Looms in Northeast Syria
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper explained in a press conference Tuesday, that a new U.S. force will be stationed in eastern Syria to protect the oil fields. Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon reporter, pressed Esper on whether the US military …
Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee a Sign of Hope for Syrian People
Press TV | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-30
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 …
'Rupublicans' should fight 'infair' impeachment: Trump tweet typos set Resistance tongues wagging again
rt.com | 2019-10-30
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…
Russian MoD Doubts Trump's Announcement of Killing ISIS Chief al-Baghdadi
RT | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-30
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 …
Election Rollercoaster in Eastern Germany
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-30
Germany is really riding a rollercoaster these days, but this is no amusement park; there's lots of suspense but rarely joy — and quite a few politicians are very unwell! Not only politicians! Well then, who's climbing, who's plunging? Look quick — it's moving fast! Heading screechingly downward are the two traditionally main parties: the so-called…
Germany: How Hesse authorities covered up the NSU and Làºbcke murderers
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
Temme, an employee of the Hesse state branch of the secret service, maintained an official relationship with the neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst, the alleged murderer of the Kassel district president Walter Làºbcke.
GOP Senators Serving as Impeachment Jurors Are Implicated in Trump's Misdeeds
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-30
Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House will finally hold a formal vote dictating the rules for the impeachment inquiry, six weeks after it was launched by a whistleblower's complaint mysteriously withheld from Congress. And on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman backed up both the initial whistleblower and U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor by testifying that he too was concerned about the Trump administration's push to use congressionally-allocated military aid to Ukraine to coerce an investigatio…
The Party of War Has No Problem Trashing Veterans
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-30
The Party of War Has No Problem Trashing Veterans…
Trump, Turkey and the Kurds – signs of a crumbling U.S. empire
UUSF Morning Forum | indybay.org | 2019-10-30
Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. | 1187 Franklin St. corner of Geary Ave. | San Francisco…
Far-Right EU Lawmakers Visit Occupied Kashmir on 'PR' Trip
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-29
A delegation of mostly far-right members of the European Parliament visited occupied Kashmir Tuesday, in what many called a "PR stunt" for far-right India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. | RELATED: | India's Modi to Host China's Xi Amid Strained Ties Due to Kashmir | Of the 27 EU lawmakers, many belong to anti-establishment parties like the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Marine Le Pen's National Rally in France. Sitaram Yechury, an Indian opposition politician, cr…
Putin always on his mind? Trump refers to Ukraine's Zelensky as 'new Russian president'
rt.com | 2019-10-29
Donald Trump has galvanized Russiagate diehards lurking on social media, after mistakenly referring to Volodymyr Zelensky as the new leader of… Russia. | The US president made the slip-up while defending his relationship with Kiev, which is currently being scrutinized by Democratic lawmakers. The impeachment inquiry is trying to determine if Trump tried to pressure Zelensky to open an investigation into the son of Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden. | Trump told reporters on Monday that the accusations were based on a "false narrative" of a phone conversation he had with the Ukrainian president …
Discredited bot-whisperers New Knowledge rebrand to Yonder, just in time to save 2020 election… from itself?
rt.com | 2019-10-29
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…
'Why are so many people listening in on me?' Trump slams Ukrainegate witness as 'Never Trumper,' questions call procedure
rt.com | 2019-10-29
US President Donald Trump has questioned the reliability of a White House official set to testify to Congress about his infamous call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, calling the witness a "Never Trumper." | The tweet is part of the Ukrainegate impeachment saga, which the Democrats have been focusing on ever since Russiagate fizzled out. The allegation is that Trump pressured Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden over his role in ending a corruption probe into a Ukrainian energy company where his son sat on the board — and that Trump made US aid to Kiev dependent on such an…
German left wins Oct. 27 vote but far right makes big gains
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-29
Shouts of joy rang out last night at Berlin's Karl Liebknecht Haus, headquarters of Germany's Left Party (Die Linke), when it was learned that Die Linke won the state elections in Thuringia with 31% of the vote, the highest total ever for the party in any of Germany's 16 states. The party's predecessor, the Party …
Trump gives $4.5 million to Syria's White Helmets, which partnered with jihadists and joined Turkey's ethnic cleansing
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-28
While touting his efforts to end US involvement in Syria, Trump approved $4.5 million more for the White Helmets. This…
The Death of al-Baghdadi: ISIS Grew Out of U.S. Invasion of Iraq. What Will Happen Next?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-28
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…
A "Black Vests" Movement Emerges in France to Protest Treatment of Undocumented Migrants
Camille Baker | theintercept.com | 2019-10-27
The gilets noirs took their name from the gilets jaunes, or yellow vests movement. They won't let migrants be blamed for global inequality.
Minneapolis: FRSO celebrates 70th anniversary of China's revolution
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-27
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…
Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon?
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
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Everyone Is Denouncing the Syrian Rebels Now Slaughtering Kurds. But Didn't the U.S. Once Support Some of Them?
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-10-26
It's a lazy, cynical rewriting of history to pretend these groups have nothing to do with the U.S., or were never backed by the U.S., in their current form.
Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-25
Amid outrage over Turkey's atrocities against Kurdish civilians northern Syria, Max Blumenthal discusses how some of the Syrian militias committing…
Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Found Guilty of Conspiracy at Naval Base Housing Nuclear Arsenal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, each of which carries 20 Trident thermonuclear weapons. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah's com…
Trump Impeachment Case Keeps Getting Stronger
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-24
White collar criminologist Bill Black outlines why the case against Trump was strong even without a quid pro quo with Ukraine, and that his defense strategy now gives reason for obstruction of justice charges.
Security Council: UN welcomes efforts to de-escalate crisis in northeast Syria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-24
The United Nations welcomes efforts to de-escalate the crisis in northeastern Syria in the wake of Turkey's incursion, a senior official with responsibility for the region told the Security Council on Thursday.
Australia must cut military ties with Turkey
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-24
international solidarity Zerebar KarimiIssue 1242 Australia Rojava Turkey SyriaOctober 24, 2019A few years ago the world was horrified when…
GOP Lawmakers Disrupt Impeachment Hearing As More Damaging Details Emerge About Trump's Misconduct
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-24
Republican lawmakers stormed a closed hearing room Wednesday, disrupting the House impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump and delaying a Pentagon official's testimony. In an extraordinary chain of events, dozens of Republican congressmembers pushed into a secure hearing room as Laura Cooper, the U.S. defense official who oversees Ukraine and Russia matters, was due to testify. A five-hour stand-off ensued. The spectacle unfolded one day after Tuesday's explosive testimony by William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Taylor told congressional lawmakers that the Trump administration held up $…
Ending Endless War: Andrew Bacevich on How Reckless Use of U.S. Military Power Caused Today's Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-24
President Trump has announced sanctions will be lifted on Turkey as a ceasefire remains in place in northern Syria, where Turkey invaded earlier this month after Trump withdrew U.S. troops. On Tuesday Turkey reached an agreement with Russia that would force Syrian Kurdish forces to retreat from a wide swath of the Syrian-Turkish border. The United Nations is reporting Turkey's offensive in northern Syria has displaced over 176,000 people, including nearly 80,000 children. The Turkish assault also led to a number of former ISIS fighters escaping from jail in northern Syria. We speak with Andrew Bacevich, co-founde…
Jill Stein: Hillary Clinton is still sabotaging progressives
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-23
Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein responds to Hillary Clinton calling her a "Russian asset" and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard…
US Renews Chevron License as European Refiner Cuts Venezuela Ties over Sanctions
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-10-23
Finnish-Venezuelan refiner Nynas is one of PDVSA's few remaining cash buyers.
Mark Zuckerberg's Former Mentor: I Tried to Raise Alarm Over Russian Interference But Was Ignored
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-23
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he is expected to face questioning about the company's cryptocurrency Libra, among other issues. Zuckerberg has faced scrutiny before, including for Facebook's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A former mentor of Zuckerberg and longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee speaks out about the company's dismissal of Russian interference in the election. "They treated it like a PR problem, not a business issue," McNamee says.
Turkey and Russia Agree to Create 'Safe Zone' in Syria
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-22
Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement that will see the withdrawal of Syrian-Kurdish forces from areas along the Turkish border.
Turkey and Russia Agree to Create 'Safe Zone' in Syria
US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-22
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Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-21
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This MSNBC Clip is Everything Ugly About Russia Smears
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-20
There's a video clip circulating on Twitter right now that simply has to be seen to be believed.
This MSNBC Clip is Everything Ugly About Russia Smears
Unveiling a State-by-State Plan to End our Mass Incarceration Crisis
Udi Ofer | aclu.org | 2019-10-18
The United States locks up more of its people than | any other nation in the world. A whopping 2.2 million people are living behind | bars in this country on any given day. Our national incarceration rate is four | times that of Australia, five times that of the United Kingdom, and six times that | of Canada. | This uniquely American problem is not one crisis | — rather, mass incarceration is a series of state-based catastrophes, each one | different from the next. While much attention was paid | to the federal reforms passed last year through the First Step Act, of | the 2.2 million people locked up on…
Khury Petersen-Smith on Turkey & the Kurds, Alex Vitale on the Purpose of Policing
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-10-18
Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-18
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Turkey Attacks US Troops, Iran Tanker Bombed No One Cares, CIA "Whistleblower" & Terrorism Vaccine
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-12
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U.S. and Turkey out of Syria — No to the NATO invasion!
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-11
Down with the Turkish invasion! U.S. and Turkey out of Syria and the Middle East!
TKP statement: Hands off Syria!
Central Committee, The Communist Party of Turkey | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-11
AKP is committing a great crime for the last eight years. AKP disregards the sovereignty of another country.
Venezuela Arrests Oil Exec for Corruption, Receives $4bn in Russian Investment
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-10-07
Moscow and Caracas are reportedly working on a long-term cooperation agreement set to last at least until 2030.
US Caught Meddling In Tunisian Election, Israel Politician Likens Israel To Nazi Germany & Hypocrisy
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-04
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