2018-09-29: News Headlines

Peter Korzun (2018-09-29). EU, UK, Russia, & China Join Together To Dodge US Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com The UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York is a place where world leaders are able to hold important meetings behind closed doors. Russia, China, the UK, Germany, France, and the EU seized that opportunity on Sept. 24 to achieve a real milestone. The EU, Russia, China, and Iran will create a special purpose vehicle (SPV), a […]

wsws (2018-09-29). Russian Duma rams through pension reform amid mass opposition. wsws.org The passing of the reform, the most unpopular measure of the Russian government in decades, sets the stage for a sharp escalation of social and political conflicts in Russia.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-29). Effort to Form Union in China Meets Ferocious Repression. truthout.org

| A group of workers in China's manufacturing hub of Shenzhen tried something very rare this summer—they attempted to follow the legal process to set up a union. | University students lent tremendous support. But their employer and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detention, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences. | Workers at the welding-equipment manufacturer Shenzhen Jasic Technology initiated the process of forming a union in May. Among their biggest complaints were arbitrary fines and the company's underpayment into government-run funds that help workers pay rent or buy houses. | Workers followed the law in setting up a union, including requesting and receiving permission from upper-level unions affiliated with the government-controlled All-China Federation of Trade Unions, the only unions authorized in China. | In…

RT (2018-09-29). Four Navy officers accused of sex with a minor, pornography — report. rt.com A group of petty officers assigned to a US submarine base have been charged with engaging in group sex with a girl younger than 16 and filming it. A criminal investigation was launched after an anonymous tip-off.

RT (2018-09-29). Judge rules Democrats can sue Trump for 'emoluments' over DC hotel. rt.com The 200 congressional Democrats have standing to sue US President Donald Trump over what they say are violations of the US Constitution's Emoluments Clause, a federal judge in Washington, DC has ruled.

RT (2018-09-29). Trump guilty of 'global domination' by telling other nations how to trade — US state senator to RT. rt.com When Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly that Washington chooses independence over global dominance, he failed to note that the US exerts such dominance by telling other countries how to trade, Sen. Richard Black told RT.

RT (2018-09-29). USA Today adds 'pedophilia' angle to Kavanaugh saga, sparks outrage. rt.com With tensions over SCOTUS nomination at a boiling point, a USA Today article discusses if Brett Kavanaugh should continue coaching girls' basketball team, bringing into the story recent child sex abuse scandals in US sports.

RT (2018-09-29). 'Another black person?!' NY nanny sues couple over firing after 'racist' text. rt.com A New York nanny is suing a couple for discriminatory firing after receiving a misdirected text from the mother complaining that she was "another black person." The couple deny they are racist, likening the suit to "extortion."

Dave Lindorff (2018-09-28). On Ron Ridenour's 'Pentagon on Alert: The Russian Peace Threat'. counterpunch.org In the preface to his remarkable three-volume History of the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky, writing in 1930 about earth-shaking events in which he was a key actor, explains his view of writing history. He cites reactionary French historian Louis Madelin, who wrote that "…the historian ought to stand upon the wall of a threatened city, and More

RT (2018-09-28). House Intel Committee votes to release 'Russiagate' transcripts. rt.com The House Intelligence Committee has voted to release transcripts from its own investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The transcripts include testimony from key Trump campaign figures. |

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-28). Geopolitics of The Russian Far East. globalresearch.ca Despite being a far-flung and underdeveloped region, the Russian Far East might turn out to be the country's most promising one if several visionary connectivity proposals are implemented. | Russia has been prioritizing the development of its far-flung and long-neglected Far …

South Front (2018-09-28). Video: Several European Countries Deliver Chemical Weapons Components to Idlib? Russian Report. globalresearch.ca Components of chemical weapons were delivered to the Syrian province of Idlib from several European states, Director of the Department for Arms Non-Proliferation and Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Yermakov stated on September 25. On September 20, Russian …

Steve Klinger (2018-09-28). Lie and Deny. counterpunch.org It is difficult to keep my head from exploding with each new day's political developments. So now Rod Rosenstein is quitting or may be fired, leaving Mueller's Russia investigation in grave jeopardy. Or maybe not. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces an increasing number of allegations of sexual misbehavior which may derail his nomination to More

Israel Shamir (2018-09-28). Russia And The Taming Of The Israelis. iranian.com Russia's unexpected decision to supply Syria with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems and to integrate Syria's air defence within the Russian command calls for a quick reassessment of our views. It turned out that Russia is able to learn and respond in an unanticipated way. Yes, in the immediate aftermath of the Il-20 downing, the Russian […]

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-28). Right-Wing Eastern European States Honor Nazi-Collaborating Fascists as Anti-Communist 'Heroes' (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Far-right governments in Eastern Europe are rehabilitating past Nazi collaborators as national heroes, rewriting the history of the Holocaust to turn the Soviet Union into the villain. Historian Dovid Katz explains how the fascist-apologist "double genocide" myth is spreading

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-28). Eastern Europe's Far Right Rewriting History of Nazi Holocaust (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Far-right governments in Eastern Europe are rehabilitating past Nazi collaborators as national heroes, rewriting the history of the Holocaust to turn the Soviet Union into the villain. Historian Dovid Katz explains how the fascist-apologist "double genocide" myth is spreading

RT (2018-09-28). Pentagon wants proposals for next-generation cloud computing system… on DVD. rt.com Remember DVDs? The US Department of Defense is keeping the nostalgia alive, and is calling on bidders interested in developing its cutting edge cloud platform to deliver their proposals on "one or more" of the vintage discs. |

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-28). Netanyahu's Latest Ticking Iran Bomb Stunt at the UN General Assembly. globalresearch.ca Iran's nuclear program is the most intensively monitored on the planet. It has no military component, no credible evidence suggesting otherwise. | All the huffing, puffing and posturing histrionics by Netanyahu and other Iranophobes can't refute cold hard facts. | IAEA officials …

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-28). Netanyahu Claims Iran Has a Secret Nuclear Site. mintpressnews.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday described what he said was a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran and accused Europe of appeasing Iran as he sought to rally support for US sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Reuters reports. | Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu showed an aerial photograph of the Iranian capital marked with a red arrow and pointed to what he said was a previously secret warehouse holding nuclear-related material. He argued this showed Iran still sought to obtain nuclear weapons, despite its 2015 agreement with world powers to curb its program in exchange for a loosening of sanctions. | pic.twitter.com/6pev3xEVML | — Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) September 27, 2018 | Netanyahu spoke 4-1/2 months after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord, arguing it did too little to rein in Tehran's nuclear ambitions and triggering the resumption…

RT (2018-09-28). Harrowing CCTV footage shows murder & robbery of rapper XXXTentacion (VIDEO). rt.com Disturbing surveillance footage of the fatal shooting of US rapper XXXTentacion has been shown in court during a bail hearing for one of the murder suspects.

RT (2018-09-28). Senate committee votes on Kavanaugh after emotional hearing. rt.com The Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, just one day after the judge provided an emotional testimony to members of Congress, denying allegations of sexual misconduct.

RT (2018-09-28). GOP senators' personal data flashed on Wikipedia, House inside job suspected. rt.com The home addresses of Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, all sitting on the Judiciary Committee, briefly appeared on Wikipedia. The edits were allegedly made from Capitol Hill.

RT (2018-09-28). Trump orders FBI to reopen background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh. rt.com President Donald Trump has given the FBI one week to conduct an investigation of the allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman in 1980s.

RT (2018-09-28). Marine F-35 crashes in South Carolina, first such accident ever. rt.com A F-35B has crashed in South Carolina, five miles outside the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. The pilot ejected safely, surviving the first crash of the technical issues-riddled 5th-gen jet, which costs over $115 million.

RT (2018-09-28). 'The most unethical sham': Lindsey Graham rails at Kavanaugh FBI probe demands (VIDEO). rt.com SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh declined to answer whether he would want the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against him during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.

RT (2018-09-28). Activists corner Sen. Flake, protest in Senate building ahead of Kavanaugh vote. rt.com As the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats walked out of the hearing and hordes of protesters made one last gasp at disrupting the bitter confirmation process.

RT (2018-09-28). Venezuela 'a mess' to be 'cleaned up' says Trump as Pence & Haley call for regime change. rt.com US President Donald Trump further fueled speculation his administration was pushing for regime change in Venezuela, echoing calls from his UN envoy Nikki Haley and Vice President Mike Pence to that effect.

RT (2018-09-28). Megaphone diplomacy: US envoy Nikki Haley calls for ouster of Venezuela's Maduro in street protest. rt.com US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined Venezuelan protesters outside UN headquarters in New York. Addressing the crowd with a megaphone, she called for regime change in the floundering socialist country. |

RT (2018-09-28). Tears, beer, anger & 'no ill will': Kavanaugh testimony highlights. rt.com Judge Brett Kavanaugh vehemently defended himself before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, rejecting all accusations he sexually assaulted a woman in high school. |

RT (2018-09-28). Kavanaugh vote goes to Senate – Only question is when. rt.com The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted along party lines in favor of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, with 11 yeas and 10 nays. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) asked for a delay of the floor vote, though. |

RT (2018-09-28). American shame: US has nothing to teach the world about justice or politics after Kavanaugh farce. rt.com Many outside the US watched Thursday's hearing with open-mouthed revulsion at the bad faith, lack of due process and inhumanity on display. Dysfunction in the biggest Western democracy sets a poor example to the rest of the globe.

RT (2018-09-28). Facebook hacked: Social media giant admits security breach affecting 50 million accounts. rt.com Facebook has apologized for a "security issue," after discovering that hackers used a vulnerability in the platform's code to steal other users' 'access tokens' and log into their accounts. 50 million accounts were affected. |

RT (2018-09-28). Pompeo warns Iran against 'attacks on US facilities' after closing Iraq consulate. rt.com Iran will be held responsible for any harm to Americans in Iraq caused by 'associated militias,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, announcing the US consulate in Basra will temporarily close for safety reasons. |

RT (2018-09-28). Alyssa Milano's dress at Kavanaugh hearing sparks Twitter firestorm as trolls take aim at her outfit. rt.com Alyssa Milano, actress and #MeToo crusader, hit Washington to support Christine Blasey Ford testifying against Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But it was her attire which gained most attention on social media.

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-27). Russia: We Need to Protect Our Troops in Syria. The S-300 Air Defense System. globalresearch.ca Israel has very real reasons to fear Russia's S-300 shipment to Syria if Damascus actually ends up independently wielding this defensive system to safeguard its airspace every time that it's threatened, though that might be exactly why Tel Aviv and …

Gordon Adams (2018-09-27). The US Will Have To Accept Second-Class Status In The Middle East. iranian.com You may not have noticed it — the chair that wasn't there. The seven-year long Syrian civil war is ending with a government victory, aided by Russia and Iran. Talks to end to the war are accelerating. Who is at the table in those talks? Russia, Turkey and Iran. Noticeably, not the United States. The missing U.S. was starkly […]

SouthFront (2018-09-27). Russia Will Supply Syria With Short To Medium Range Air Defense Systems Beside S-300 — Report. iranian.com Russia will supply Syria with a batch of short to medium range air defense systems additionally to long range S-300 systems, which will soon be delivered to the country, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported on September 26 citing Russian-language media. According to state-run news agency, Syria will receive additional Buk-M2E, Pantsir-S1 and Pechora-2M systems […]

RT (2018-09-27). Russia upping trolling game? Don't worry, America, you are still the best. rt.com Russia is channeling US President Donald Trump by trolling the West through its official twitter accounts. Or at least that's what the Daily Beast believes, warning that reading Russian tweets may confuse the American public.

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-09-27). Iran Maneuvers To "Contain the US" In Syria. iranian.com Apart from Russia, it is Iran that has a legitimate presence in Syria, and has fought directly to prevent the fall of Assad from power. Over the last six years of Syrian war, Iran's role and character has expanded and changed from sending military advisers and fighters to becoming a new bone of contention between […]

Patrick Lawrence (2018-09-27). The Battle for Our Minds. globalresearch.ca There are battlefields in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and elsewhere, but given the state of corporate media, perhaps the most consequential battle now being fought is for our minds, says Patrick Lawrence. | After reading The New York Times piece "The Plot

RFE (2018-09-27). Israel Accuses Iran Of Concealing Nuclear Material For Weapons Program. iranian.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday accused Iran of hiding nuclear-related material at a warehouse in Tehran, which he said proved it had not abandoned its nuclear weapons programme. "Today I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has another secret facility in Tehran, a secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of […]

RT (2018-09-27). Kavanaugh drama: New accusations and a support letter from classmates. rt.com Fresh sex assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has surfaced, as Democrats demand delaying his hearing in the Senate. At the same time, the White House has released a letter of support from his classmates.

RT (2018-09-27). Emotional, 'heroic' and with factual gaps: Highlights from Kavanaugh's accuser's testimony. rt.com Professor Christine Blasey Ford has given emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

RT (2018-09-27). Trump's greatest hits from the UN press conference. rt.com US President Donald Trump's chat with the media after his appearance at the UN was a roller coaster of bizarre claims, boasts and jabs at the journalists. Even one of the Founding Fathers got involved. Here are the best takeaways.

RT (2018-09-27). Kavanaugh fights back tears, quotes his 10yo daughter saying family should pray for Ford. rt.com SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh got emotional during the hearings on the alleged sexual assault with his voice breaking as he spoke about his daughter saying they should pray for "the woman" — his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

RT (2018-09-27). Robert Mueller's day off: Special Counsel visits Apple Store, sparks conspiracy theories (PHOTO). rt.com Speculation is rife online after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was spotted meeting with an unidentified man at the 'Genius Bar' at the Georgetown Apple Store Wednesday.

RT (2018-09-27). 'Low class': Facebook exec and WhatsApp co-founder in war of words over monetization efforts. rt.com Facebook executive David Marcus has called WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton a "whole new standard of low-class" after the entrepreneur criticised the social media giant and its efforts to monetize the popular messaging app.

RT (2018-09-27). Does he know the Cold War is over? RT unpacks Trump's UN sermon against socialism (VIDEO). rt.com Trump sermonized to the UN General Assembly about the evils of socialism — but his lecturing was met with crickets. RT's Caleb Maupin dives into the US leader's Cold War-era rant, and why it received a chilly reception.

RT (2018-09-27). 'Pied Piper of New York' charms his merry band of… raccoons (VIDEO). rt.com A musician has been dubbed the 'Pied Piper of New York' after he mysteriously lured almost two dozen raccoons out of the woods by playing a tune on his Native American flute.

RT (2018-09-27). Mysterious envelope slip from Democrat to Ford's attorney caught on VIDEO at Kavanaugh hearings. rt.com A Democrat congresswoman was caught on video slipping an envelope to Christine Blasey Ford's attorney during a Senate hearing on accusations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, triggering a wave of speculation on its contents.

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