2018-10-16: News Headlines

SouthFront (2018-10-16). US Sanctions Threats 'Unexpectedly' Led To Deeper Economic Ties Between Iran And Russia. iranian.com US sanctions are causing further global regionalization and have boosted Iranian-Russian relations. According to a report by Israeli political analyst Dana Weiss, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a secret document that describes Russia's plan to aid Iran in subverting the incoming US Sanctions on the Islamic Republic's oil exports. According to Weiss, Iran […]

Staff (2018-10-16). Koreas Agree to Break Ground on Inter-Korean Railroad. truthdig.com SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea continued their push for peace Monday with high-level talks that resulted in a host of agreements, including a plan by the rivals for a groundbreaking ceremony this year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads. | The agreements come amid unease in Washington over the speed of inter-Korean engagement. Many outsiders believe that U.S.-led efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear-tipped missiles are lagging significantly behind the Koreas' efforts to move past decades of bitter rivalry. | There was also controversy over a decision by South Korea's…

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-10-16). Former Federal Prosecutor Cites US Law Trump May Have Violated by Helping Saudis Cover Up Journalist's Murder. alternet.org Glenn Kirschner suggested Donald Trump also violated this law when he accepted Vladimir Putin's denial of election interference. | A former federal prosecutor said President Donald Trump may have broken U. S. law but helping to cover up the apparent abduction and murder of a Washington Post journalist by Saudi Arabia. Glenn Kirschner, a former prosecutor in the U. S. Attorney's District of Columbia office, said the president may have been an accessory. . .

South Front (2018-10-16). Video: Syrian Army Kicks Off Another Attempt to Eliminate ISIS in Al-Safa. globalresearch.ca On October 11th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), local militais, and former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) prepared to launch a new offensive on the remaining ISIS fighters in the al-Safa area with support from Russia, …

Ulson Gunnar (2018-10-16). American Media Seeks to Poison US-Russian Cooperation in Space. globalresearch.ca After a string of suspicious incidents involving Russia's venerable Soyuz rocket system, several prominent American newspapers have attempted to poison the last remaining area of significant cooperation between Russia and the United States. | This includes the Washington Post which has …

Gerry Brown (2018-10-16). Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics: How the US Weaponizes Them to Accuse China of Debt Trap Diplomacy. counterpunch.org With China and Russia named as the two greatest threats to continuing American hegemony end of last year, the velvet gloves have come off the Washington establishment, baring their knuckles against the Middle Kingdom in plain view of the entire world. In recent weeks, anti-China rhetorics and vitriol emanating from the Oval Office and Capitol More

Gene Ruyle (2018-10-16). Red-Green Revolution The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism‚Ä®. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

John Steinbach (2018-10-16). Report-back: 2018 World Conference against Nuclear & Hydrogens Bombs. indybay.org Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley…

Gene Ruyle (2018-10-16). Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. indybay.org Starry Plough Pub | 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St in Berkeley | (near Ashby BART)…

Whitney Webb (2018-10-15). Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American" mintpressnews.com The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggi's disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex — in this case Lockheed Martin — but masquerading as a response motivated by "human rights."

Ilana Novick (2018-10-15). Myanmar Military Used Facebook to Incite Violence Against the Rohingya. truthdig.com The social network we use to share cat photos and reports of new babies is also a breeding ground for disinformation campaigns. As Americans continue to argue over whether posts from Russian-affiliated groups influenced the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election, an investigative report by The New York Times reveals the Myanmar (formerly Burma) military "turned the social…

Peter Korzun (2018-10-15). The United States Did It Again: Its Warplanes Use White Phosphorous Munitions in Syria. globalresearch.ca The US-led coalition used white phosphorus (WP) munitions while delivering air strikes against the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor on Oct. 13. The attack resulted in civilian casualties. Last month, WP munitions were also used by two US Air Force …

Conn Hallinan (2018-10-15). Syria's Chessboard. counterpunch.org The Syrian civil war has always been devilishly complex, with multiple actors following different scripts, but in the past few months it appeared to be winding down. The Damascus government now controls 60 percent of the country and the major population centers, the Islamic State has been routed, and the rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are largely cornered in Idilb Province in the country's northwest. But suddenly the Americans moved the goal posts—maybe—the Russians have fallen out with the Israelis, the Iranians are digging in their heels, and the Turks are trying to multi-task wi…

RT (2018-10-15). The Russian connection? Banned Facebook pages were featured on 2016 'blacklist'. rt.com A host of alternative news pages banned by Facebook last week were first featured on the PropOrNot blacklist in 2016 — a list of "Russian propaganda" sites that was compiled with little evidence and called "McCarthyite." |

RT (2018-10-15). Rogue killers or state murder? Riyadh gets benefit of doubt from Trump where Russia doesn't. rt.com Washington has reacted with uncharacteristic calm following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Instead of slapping Riyadh with sanctions and tearing up deals, Trump has refused to pin the blame on anyone.

RT (2018-10-14). US needs a space force because Russia is ahead on it, Trump says. rt.com Keen as ever on the idea of having a fighting force in space, US President Donald Trump says it's a necessity for Washington because its perceived top adversaries — Russia and China — are beating it to the punch.

wsws (2018-10-13). Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers. wsws.org Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-12). Headlines for October 12, 2018. democracynow.org Hurricane Michael Flattens Florida Towns as It Rips Through Southeast, Turkish Gov't Says It Has Video Evidence of Khashoggi's Murder at Saudi Consulate, President Trump Rejects Calls to Cut Off Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Report: Trump Administration Separated 6,000 Families in 4 Months, AP: U.S. Army Discharged 500 Immigrant Recruits, Kanye West Praises Trump During 10-Minute Oval Office Tirade, Pop Star Taylor Swift Tells Fans to Vote in Midterms, Washington Archbishop Resigns Amid Growing Church Sex Abuse Crisis, Syrian Rebels Withdrawing Heavy Weapons from Idlib Under Turkey-Russia Deal, HRW: Egyptian-Americ…

Consortiumnews (2018-10-11). The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. consortiumnews.com The idea promoted by the NYT's Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter… Read more →

Juan Cole (2018-10-11). Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War. thenation.com Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…

RT (2018-10-11). NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019. rt.com NASA officials have said that the International Space Station (ISS) could be left unmanned after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was forced to make an emergency landing when its rocket booster malfunctioned.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-10). Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump's "Horrific" U.S. Policies. democracynow.org U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced she is resigning her post at the end of the year. The former South Carolina governor—one of the few women in Trump's Cabinet—gave no reason for her departure. During Nikki Haley's time as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord; the U.N. Human Rights Council; the Iran nuclear deal; UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinians; and UNESCO, the U.N. educational and cultural agency. We speak with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia…

RT (2018-10-10). 'Sooner than you think': Trump vows swift reaction to India's S-400 purchase from Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump said India will soon "find out" what Washington prepared in response to its purchase of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense systems in defiance of America's pressure.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-09). 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate: Amid Talks with North Korea, It's Time for U.S. to Abandon Nukes, Too. democracynow.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang over the weekend in talks meant to further steps toward nuclear disarmament. Pompeo hailed the meeting as a success, saying both sides were "pretty close" to agreeing to details for a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. He also told reporters Kim has agreed to let international inspectors into a North Korean missile engine test facility and nuclear testing site where the country conducted its six nuclear tests. However, Pompeo did not say whether North Korea would allow inspectors to visit a site where the count…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-05). Headlines for October 5, 2018. democracynow.org Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination, Coalition of 100,000 U.S. Churches Opposes Kavanaugh Nomination, Kavanaugh Defends His Record in Unprecedented WSJ Op-Ed | , Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh, 300 Arrested on Capitol Hill as Thousands March Against Kavanaugh, Yemen: Tens of Thousands Protest Economic Collapse Amid Bombing, Bloomberg: China Hacked U.S. Companies, Including Amazon, Apple, VP Pence Accuses China of Interfering in Midterms, Undermining Trump, U.S. Indicts Russians for Hacking Anti-Doping Orgs, Targeting Nuclear Sites, Dutch Officials Sa…

2018-10-16: Social Media Postees

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Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics: How the US Weaponizes Them to Accuse China of Debt Trap Diplomacy
Gerry Brown | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
With China and Russia named as the two greatest threats to continuing American hegemony end of last year, the velvet gloves have come off the Washington establishment, baring their knuckles against the Middle Kingdom in plain view of the entire world. In recent weeks, anti-China rhetorics and vitriol emanating from the Oval Office and Capitol…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/16/lies-damn-li…

US Sanctions Threats 'Unexpectedly' Led To Deeper Economic Ties Between Iran And Russia
SouthFront | iranian.com | 2018-10-16
US sanctions are causing further global regionalization and have boosted Iranian-Russian relations. According to a report by Israeli political analyst Dana Weiss, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a secret document that describes Russia's plan to aid Iran in subverting the incoming US Sanctions on the Islamic Republic's oil exports. According to Weiss, Iran […] | The post US Sanctions Threats 'Unexpectedly' Led To Deeper Economic Ties Between Iran And Russia
iranian.com/2018/10/15/us-sanctions-thre…

American Media Seeks to Poison US-Russian Cooperation in Space
Ulson Gunnar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-16
After a string of suspicious incidents involving Russia's venerable Soyuz rocket system, several prominent American newspapers have attempted to poison the last remaining area of significant cooperation between Russia and the United States. | This includes the Washington Post which has … | The post American Media Seeks to Poison US-Russian Cooperation in Space appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/american-media-seeks-t…

Former Federal Prosecutor Cites US Law Trump May Have Violated by Helping Saudis Cover Up Journalist's Murder
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-10-16
Glenn Kirschner suggested Donald Trump also violated this law when he accepted Vladimir Putin's denial of election interference. | A former federal prosecutor said President Donald Trump may have broken U. S. law but helping to cover up the apparent abduction and murder of a Washington Post journalist by Saudi Arabia. Glenn Kirschner, a former prosecutor in the U. S. Attorney's District of Columbia office, said the president may have been an accessory. . .
alternet.org/former-federal-prosecutor-c…

Koreas Agree to Break Ground on Inter-Korean Railroad
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-16
SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea continued their push for peace Monday with high-level talks that resulted in a host of agreements, including a plan by the rivals for a groundbreaking ceremony this year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads. | The agreements come amid unease in Washington over the speed of inter-Korean engagement. Many outsiders believe that U.S.-led efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear-tipped missiles are lagging significantly behind the Koreas' efforts to move past decades of bitter rivalry. | There was also controversy over a decision by South Korea's…
truthdig.com/articles/koreas-agree-to-br…

Video: Syrian Army Kicks Off Another Attempt to Eliminate ISIS in Al-Safa
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-16
On October 11th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), local militais, and former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) prepared to launch a new offensive on the remaining ISIS fighters in the al-Safa area with support from Russia, … | The post Video: Syrian Army Kicks Off Another Attempt to Eliminate ISIS in Al-Safa appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-kick…

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
Gene Ruyle | indybay.org | 2018-10-16
Starry Plough Pub | 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St in Berkeley | (near Ashby BART)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/14/1881821…

Red-Green Revolution The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism‚Ä®
Gene Ruyle | indybay.org | 2018-10-16
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/12/1881818…

Report-back: 2018 World Conference against Nuclear & Hydrogens Bombs
John Steinbach | indybay.org | 2018-10-16
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/11/1881816…

Syria's Chessboard
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-15
The Syrian civil war has always been devilishly complex, with multiple actors following different scripts, but in the past few months it appeared to be winding down. The Damascus government now controls 60 percent of the country and the major population centers, the Islamic State has been routed, and the rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are largely cornered in Idilb Province in the country's northwest. But suddenly the Americans moved the goal posts–maybe–the Russians have fallen out with the Israelis, the Iranians are digging in their heels, and the Turks are trying to multi-task wi…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/15/syrias-chess…

Myanmar Military Used Facebook to Incite Violence Against the Rohingya
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-10-15
The social network we use to share cat photos and reports of new babies is also a breeding ground for disinformation campaigns. As Americans continue to argue over whether posts from Russian-affiliated groups influenced the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election, an investigative report by The New York Times reveals the Myanmar (formerly Burma) military "turned the social…
truthdig.com/articles/myanmar-military-u…

Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-15
The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggi's disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex — in this case Lockheed Martin — but masquerading as a response motivated by "human rights." | The post Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American" appeared first on
mintpressnews.com/angered-by-saudi-plan-…

Rogue killers or state murder? Riyadh gets benefit of doubt from Trump where Russia doesn't
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-15
Washington has reacted with uncharacteristic calm following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Instead of slapping Riyadh with sanctions and tearing up deals, Trump has refused to pin the blame on anyone.
rt.com/usa/441333-trump-rogue-killers-kh…

The Russian connection? Banned Facebook pages were featured on 2016 'blacklist'
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-15
A host of alternative news pages banned by Facebook last week were first featured on the PropOrNot blacklist in 2016 — a list of "Russian propaganda" sites that was compiled with little evidence and called "McCarthyite."
rt.com/usa/441305-facebook-banned-russia…

US needs a space force because Russia is ahead on it, Trump says
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-14
Keen as ever on the idea of having a fighting force in space, US President Donald Trump says it's a necessity for Washington because its perceived top adversaries — Russia and China — are beating it to the punch.
rt.com/usa/441195-trump-space-force-russ…

Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/13/russ…

Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War
Juan Cole | thenation.com | 2018-10-11
Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…
thenation.com/article/pulp-fiction-in-is…

The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-11
The idea promoted by the NYT's Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/10/10/the-shaky-…

NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
NASA officials have said that the International Space Station (ISS) could be left unmanned after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was forced to make an emergency landing when its rocket booster malfunctioned.
rt.com/usa/441026-soyuz-nasa-iss-leave-u…

Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump's "Horrific" U.S. Policies
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-10
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced she is resigning her post at the end of the year. The former South Carolina governor–one of the few women in Trump's Cabinet–gave no reason for her departure. During Nikki Haley's time as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord; the U.N. Human Rights Council; the Iran nuclear deal; UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinians; and UNESCO, the U.N. educational and cultural agency. We speak with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/10/rashid_k…

'Sooner than you think': Trump vows swift reaction to India's S-400 purchase from Russia
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
US President Donald Trump said India will soon "find out" what Washington prepared in response to its purchase of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense systems in defiance of America's pressure.
rt.com/usa/440917-trump-response-india-r…

2017 Nobel Peace Laureate: Amid Talks with North Korea, It's Time for U.S. to Abandon Nukes, Too
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-09
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang over the weekend in talks meant to further steps toward nuclear disarmament. Pompeo hailed the meeting as a success, saying both sides were "pretty close" to agreeing to details for a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. He also told reporters Kim has agreed to let international inspectors into a North Korean missile engine test facility and nuclear testing site where the country conducted its six nuclear tests. However, Pompeo did not say whether North Korea would allow inspectors to visit a site where the count…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/9/2017_nobe…