2018-10-02: News Headlines

Louis Proyect (2018-10-02). Between Socialism and Barbarism. counterpunch.org On September 20, 2013, Vladimir Putin gave a speech at a Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod region that announced his new orientation to the far-right internationally: Another serious challenge to Russia's identity is linked to events taking place in the world. Here there are both foreign policy and moral aspects. More

Kurt Nimmo (2018-10-02). Making the Arctic Safe for Neoliberalism. globalresearch.ca Let's put aside for a moment the nonsense about Russia hijacking the vote with Facebook ads and focus on the endgame. | The neoliberal economic order is based on natural resource and market dominance, so it's no surprise when it reacts …

Hugo Alvares (2018-10-02). Vladimir Plahotniuc Is the Sponsor of Yulia Tymoshenko. indybay.org Next year will be rich in events for Ukraine. The most intriguing of them, due to the obvious absence of a leader, will be the March presidential election. Well, the top line of sociological ratings is now occupied by Yulia Tymoshenko. However, 15.7% (data taken from Mykhailo Drahomanov's sociological center) is not actually a good result at the domestic level. This percent is not even a guarantee of entering the second round, not to mention a confident victory. Therefore, there is no surprise that the presentees for the highest state office, in order to increase their chances, call on various lobbyists, which ar…

RT (2018-10-02). 'A lying slip-and-fall con artist' — Kavanaugh accuser savaged for TV interview. rt.com Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has been slammed for giving a TV interview full of wild and unprovable allegations. |

RT (2018-10-02). 'They have to keep us happy': Trump brandishes his 'powerful' tariff stick at India. rt.com Already engaged in numerous trade disputes across the globe, Donald Trump has slammed India as a "tariff king" that is clinging to the "privilege" of trading with the US and struggling to negotiate a deal to appease Washington.

RT (2018-10-02). Americans brace for texts straight from Trump — with no chance to opt-out. rt.com On Wednesday, every mobile phone in the US will receive a message from President Donald Trump, and the only way to stop it is to switch it off (or flee into the wilderness). Although three people want a court to shield them.

RT (2018-10-02). FBI agent shot by booby-trapped wheelchair during bizarre 'Indiana Jones' raid. rt.com When an FBI agent and three bomb squad officers arrived at a vacant property, nothing could have prepared them for the bizarre array of booby traps and explosives that awaited them. One would soon be hospitalized.

RT (2018-10-02). Lightning-quick raccoon evades pest control at US police station (VIDEO). rt.com Texas cops had to chase down an unusual trespasser in the form of a four-legged, lightning-quick raccoon that invaded Bedford Police Station on Monday.

Mehdi Hasan (2018-10-01). Video: A Short History of U.S. Meddling in Foreign Elections. theintercept.com Meddling in foreign elections is bad. I think we can all agree on that. | And almost everyone — bar Donald Trump — seems to believe that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election. So that should be condemned. | Here's the problem, though: U.S. politicians and pundits cannot credibly object to Russian interference in U.S. elections without also acknowledging that the United States doesn't exactly have clean hands. Or are we expected to believe that Russian hackers were the first people in human history to try and undermine a foreign democracy? | In this video, I examine the ways in which the…

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-01). US Sanctions over Beijing's Purchase of Russia's S-400 Missile Defense System, China Cancels Security Meeting with the US. globalresearch.ca The annual meeting between defense officials of both countries was scheduled for mid-October, a sign of heightened bilateral tensions. | In response to illegally imposed US sanctions on Beijing over its purchase of Russian SU-35 combat aircraft and S-400 missile defense …

wsws (2018-10-01). This week in history: October 1-7. wsws.org 25 years ago: Yeltsin orders bombardment of Russian parliamentOn October 4, 1993, Moscow was a scene "of carnage, squalor and hideous destruction," according to press reports, after Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the military storming of the Russian White House, the seat of the Russian Duma or parliament. The result was the bloodiest clashes in the streets of the capital city since the Russian Revolution.

Hilary Wainwright (2018-10-01). Participatory Socialist Economics: The Vision of British Labour's Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. globalresearch.ca Tory-supporting media have been portraying Britain's socialist Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as a Soviet fellow-traveller. Meanwhile, Hilary Wainwright notes, Labour's shadow chancellor and close Corbyn ally sets out a vision that breaks with the old bureaucratic state model. | Shadow …

Mel Gurtov (2018-10-01). A Victory for Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula. counterpunch.org On September 18 leaders of North and South Korea signed a September Declaration to advance inter-Korean cooperation and the possibility of the North's denuclearization. Critics immediately dismissed the agreement for having accomplished nothing on the latter objective while largely ignoring what was accomplished on the former. From my perspective, the critics have it wrong: They More

Staff (2018-10-01). North and South Korea Begin Removing Landmines in DMZ. truthdig.com North and South Korean troops began removing some of the landmines planted at their heavily fortified border on Monday, Seoul officials said, in the first implementation of recent agreements aimed at easing their decades-long military standoff. | The demining comes amid resumed diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear weapons program after weeks of stalemated negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, this month to try to set up a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. | On Monday, South Korean army engineers with demining…

RT (2018-10-01). Try before you fly: Scientists selling 'Martian dirt' to NASA for experiments. rt.com NASA may have the technology to visit the real Red Planet but a Florida university is still selling the US space agency faux Martian dirt for intergalactic farming and exploration experiments.

RT (2018-10-01). 'Two minutes with no condom': Asia Argento now admits she had sex with underage accuser. rt.com One of the leading voices of the #MeToo movement, actress Asia Argento, has rolled back on her previous claims and now admits that she slept with Jimmy Bennett, who has accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17.

RT (2018-10-01). 'I know you're not thinking, you never do': Trump spars with 'loco' media over trade, Kavanaugh. rt.com Eager to promote his new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, US President Donald Trump got a little salty when reporters insisted on asking about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh instead.

RT (2018-10-01). Kanye West baffles fans with call to abolish 13th amendment that ended slavery. rt.com US rapper Kanye West, fresh from his Saturday Night Live (SNL) controversy, has stirred yet another one, suggesting in an cryptic post that the amendment that abolished slavery is itself "slavery in disguise" and should be nixed.

RT (2018-10-01). #NotHer: Kellyanne Conway's sex assault story doesn't matter, because she's on the wrong side. rt.com With the Democratic party demanding that survivors of sexual assault be believed and their motives for coming forward unquestioned, one woman's story isn't deserving of the same respect: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's. |

RT (2018-10-01). Hypocrisy much? Left & right slam Comey's 'shot clock' oped about Kavanaugh FBI probe. rt.com Former FBI director James Comey has piped up about the bureau's investigation into Supreme | Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying it is "idiotic" to have a "shot clock." His critics, both left and right, were not amused.

RT (2018-10-01). California governor resurrects Obama-era net-neutrality law, defying Trump administration. rt.com California Governor Jerry Brown has approved a bill to effectively reinstate net neutrality in the state, prompting a lawsuit by the Trump administration. The Obama-era legislation was repealed in December last year.

RT (2018-10-01). Canada, US secure revised NAFTA deal in last minute effort. rt.com Canada and the US have agreed a basis for the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), reaching a compromise in late-night talks on Sunday after months of stand-off.

RT (2018-10-01). #KillKavanaugh tops list of Twitter hashtags & autofill suggestions. rt.com Typing a word "kill" into Twitter search returns an appalling drop-down result — it turns out that #KillKavanaugh currently appears to top the list of search and hashtag suggestions. |

RT (2018-10-01). 'Predator apologist': Matt Damon accused of hypocrisy over Kavanaugh SNL skit. But was it justified? rt.com Matt Damon has been accused of hypocrisy after his SNL portrayal of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with some pointing to his past comments about sexual assault, but it seems the actor's critics may be clutching at straws.

RT (2018-10-01). Sen. Flake says 'not a chance' he'd ask for FBI probe into Kavanaugh if he was seeking re-election. rt.com Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), the key figure behind the White House's decision to re-open an FBI investigation into SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has said he would have not called for the probe if he hoped to get re-elected.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-30). U.S. Punishes Iranians and Threatens Nations That Disobey. therealnews.com As the Trump administration and its Israeli government ally continue their destabilization campaign against Iran, the EU, Russia, and China have reached a deal with Tehran that would shield financial transactions from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions. The U.S. has warned of "terrible consequences" for those defying its sanctions. Can Iran and the remaining nuclear deal…

RT (2018-09-30). US could use Navy for 'blockade' to hamper Russian energy exports — Interior Secretary. rt.com US could use its Navy to prevent Russia's potential energy supplies to the Middle East, Internal Secretary Ryan Zinke said, Washington Examiner reports. The blockade would actually mean an "act of war," Russian Senator fired back.

Shared by Aaron Maté (2018-09-30). U.S. Punishes Iranians and Threatens Nations That Disobey. therealnews.com As the Trump administration and its Israeli government ally continue their destabilization campaign against Iran, the EU, Russia, and China have reached a deal with Tehran that would shield financial transactions from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions. The U.S. has warned of "terrible consequences" for those defying its sanctions. Can Iran and the remaining nuclear deal…

RT (2018-09-30). 'North Korea process stalled because there's almost a consensus in the US wanting it to fail'. rt.com North Korea is right to blame internal American politics for the lack of denuclearization progress, because almost everyone around the US president wants it to fail, Brian Becker from the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition told RT.

RT (2018-09-30). Brokenuke Mountain? Trump says he and Kim 'fell in love' (VIDEO). rt.com How do you woo arguably the most powerful man on Earth from half a world away? For North Korea's Kim Jong-un, all it took was some "beautiful letters." Now, US President Donald Trump is quite literally professing his love.

RT (2018-09-30). 'Body parts & crazy fire': Deadly car explosion shakes Pennsylvania town. rt.com At least one person died after a car explosion struck a neighborhood in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Witnesses of the harrowing scene say the fire was "crazy" and that "streaks of blood" were seen around the explosion.

RT (2018-09-30). USA Today edits Kavanaugh piece with 'pedophilia' hints, gets even more backlash. rt.com USA Today has edited an article which added an implied 'pedophilia' angle to the saga of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a massive outcry, clarifying that it was an opinion piece and deleting some controversial passages.

RT (2018-09-30). MAGA hat wearing Kanye West booed by SNL audience after pro-Trump speech off-air. rt.com One could not imagine a less receptive audience for a pro-Trump speech than the folks at Saturday Night Live (SNL), known for mocking the president. Yet, Kanye West still delivered a rant in favor of the commander-in-chief. |

RT (2018-09-30). Maxine Waters rebuffs 'despicable' doxing claims, trolled for 'not having temperament' for office. rt.com Rep. Maxine Waters called the accusations that her office leaked Republican senators' private data "despicable lies," prompting comments that anger means guilt in apparent allusion to Democrats' reactions to Kavanaugh testimony.

RT (2018-09-30). ThinkProgress editor under fire after calling for Republicans to be confronted 'where they sleep'. rt.com The justice editor for left-wing opinion site ThinkProgress tweeted out a call to confront GOP lawmakers everywhere, including, apparently, in their homes. Commenters have pointed out all sorts of problems with that.

RT (2018-09-30). Lady Liberty-sized asteroid to make close approach to Earth at over 37,000 mph. rt.com A huge asteroid dubbed 2018 SP1 is hurtling towards Earth. The space rock is estimated to be about the size of the Statue of Liberty or larger.

RT (2018-09-30). Senate Judiciary Committee asks FBI, DOJ to investigate Kavanaugh accuser for lying. rt.com The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked FBI and Department of Justice investigators to open a probe into "potentially illegal" actions of one of the accusers of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has since recanted.

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.

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."

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). 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). Lindsay Lohan tries to take refugee kid from parents, punched by mother in bizarre video. rt.com An Instagram Live video of Lindsay Lohan attempting to separate an apparently homeless child from his family has left social media users stunned and outraged.

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 (2018-09-28). 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. |

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 Ben Norton (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 Ben Norton (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

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). 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. |

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