2018-10-09: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2018-10-09). There is No Legitimate Reason to Impose Sanctions on Iran. counterpunch.org The United States unilaterally walked away from the nuclear agreement earlier this year, which provoked Iran to sue the US in the International Court of Justice. This week, the Court ruled in Iran's favour. My friends in Tehran say that they would have been surprised if the Court had not ruled on Iran's behalf. There was no reason why the US should have withdrawn from the 2015 agreement nor why the US should threaten to increase sanctions on 5 November. The International Atomic Energy Agency's Nuclear Security Report (2018) notes, 'Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive…

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…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-10-09). Syria and the S-300: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power. mintpressnews.com The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world [….] No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity, much less dissent." — Gore Vidal | One of the most amusing elements of the current anti-Russian hysteria produced by U.S. state/corporate propagandists is the notion that Russia is this bold, aggressive challenger to "U.S. and Western interests" when the reality has always been the opposite. In the tumultuous period after the Soviet Union disintegrated, the Russian Federation emerged as the dominant power under t…

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-10-09). Former FBI Agent Explains Why Mueller's Russia Investigation Is Unstoppable — Even If Trump Fires Rod Rosenstein. alternet.org To begin with, there is no such thing as a single 'Russia investigation. ' | Writing for the Washington Post, a former FBI agent who specialized in counter-intelligence said that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian involvement into Donald Trump's presidential campaign is virtually unsto. . .

wsws (2018-10-09). Relations deteriorate between Hungary and Ukraine. wsws.org Two of eastern Europe's right-wing governments clash in a dispute over passports, language laws and military exercises.

wsws (2018-10-09). Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today. wsws.org On October 7, David North, International Editorial Board chairman of the World Socialist Web Site, delivered the following lecture to a well-attended public meeting in Colombo, organised by the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka).

RT (2018-10-09). No proof of Russian meddling in 2018 midterms? Not YET, says Daily Beast in conspiracy-laden report. rt.com Even the absence of alleged Moscow interference is now worthy of a pearl-clutching "exclusive" report: the Daily Beast says there's no evidence of Russia's hand in the upcoming midterm elections — but you still should be paranoid.

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-10-08). No Free Speech for Murkowski: Alaska Republicans Consider Reprimanding Senator Over Kavanaugh Vote. alternet.org Murkowksi lined up all the support she needed at home to take this vote. | If money can embody the First Amendment right to free speech, then how a senator votes sure does, too. But if you're a Republican senator, and you vote against the Russian asset in the Oval Office's choice for the Supreme Court, you might just be foregoing that right. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted with her Justin Raimondo (2018-10-08). The Final Truth of Russia-gate. globalresearch.ca The conspiracy to overthrow a sitting US President extends far beyond our own "Deep State." As I've been saying in this space for quite some time, it's been an international team effort from the beginning. Setting aside the British origins …

Ajamu Baraka (2018-10-08). Syria and the S-300s: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power. counterpunch.org "The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world [….] No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity, much less dissent." — Gore Vidal One of the most amusing elements of the current anti-Russian hysteria produced by U.S. state/corporate propagandists is More

RT (2018-10-08). Abramovich's ex-wife and kids living in Manhattan mansion owned by Russian tycoon Deripaska – report. rt.com Washington has seized Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska's US-based assets including a five-storey Manhattan mansion — but in a surprising twist, reportedly found the ex-wife and children of Roman Abramovich living at the property.

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-07). Sino-US Tensions: Pentagon Accuses China of Threatening America's National Security. globalresearch.ca Sino/US tensions risk boiling over into something much more serious than already. | Washington considers China's significant political, economic, trade, and military strength as a threat to US national security. | Accusations by US officials against China, Russia, and other countries are …

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-07). Israel to Use F-35 Stealth Warplanes Against Syria. globalresearch.ca Installation of Russian S-300 air defense systems compromises Israel's ability to continue waging naked aggression against Syrian targets. | Israeli officials claim the IDF is protecting the country's security — despite no threat from Syria, Iran or any other countries. | It's …

RT (2018-10-07). US general made preparations behind president's back to nuke Vietnam, declassified memo shows. rt.com The commander of US forces in Vietnam had devised a secret plan to use nuclear warheads against the communist North during the Vietnam War, before President Johnson halted the ongoing preparations, declassified documents reveal.

Askiah Adam (2018-10-06). Syria's No-fly Zone. globalresearch.ca The Russian Defence Minister has announced that the promised S-300 air defence system has been delivered to Syria with the Karushka 4 radar systems jammer and other related military equipment, to boost the safety of Russia's military personnel and facilities. …

Masud Wadan (2018-10-06). Russia's S-400 Air Defense System: Turkey Fell Victim But India Escaped US Sanctions? globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | In recent developments, New Delhi on Friday October 4, 2018, "Russia's President Putin and India's Prime Minister Modi signed a $5.4 billion agreement to purchase five S-400 air defense systems, …

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-06). India Buying Russian S-400s Air Defense Systems, Defies US Sanctions Threat. globalresearch.ca In New Delhi on Friday October 4, 2018, Russia's President Putin and India's Prime Minister Modi signed a $5.4 billion agreement to purchase five S-400 air defense systems, delivery scheduled for 2020 — ignoring the threat of possible US sanctions….

wsws (2018-10-06). Kremlin suffers defeats in regional elections. wsws.org The electoral upsets that took place in September come as evidence mounts of growing discontent with Russia's ruling party.

RT (2018-10-06). US man who sent 'ricin letters' to Trump & Pentagon also mailed toxins to Putin, Queen Elizabeth II. rt.com The Utah man who staged a botched ricin poison attack against a number of top US officials, including President Trump, claimed he has also sent toxins to foreign leaders, including President Vladimir Putin, court documents show.

Andrew J. Wood (2018-10-05). Russian Oligarchs are a Problem, But Let's Not Forget American Ones. counterpunch.org Oligarchs the world over have long been destabilizing economies and shaping governing bodies for their own benefit. For instance, if we turn to the supposed 'birth of democracy' in Ancient Athens, elites (called 'citizens') of the polis ruled over the mass populace (the common people of the hoi polloi). Plato had instilled in many Greeks More

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…

RT (2018-10-05). 'I would do very well': Golf enthusiast Trump brags he could beat Putin in boxing match (VIDEO). rt.com Donald Trump declared he would have a good chance against judo black belt Vladimir Putin in a hypothetical boxing match, during some off-script boasting at a Minnesota political rally.

RT (2018-10-05). Journalist explains why US doesn't need hackers to control the world, and it's hard to disagree. rt.com 'Russian hackers' have become the go-to bogeymen for Washington. There's little mention of American hackers though — probably because they aren't needed, since most of the internet is a branch of US intelligence.

RT (2018-10-04). Mueller probe winding down? Prosecutors leave team while proof of 'Russia collusion' remains elusive. rt.com The departure of two prosecutors from the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has signaled that at least part of his probe is winding down. The investigation has yet to reveal any collusion between Russia and Donald Trump.

RT (2018-10-04). Russian influence & meddling in US 'pales in comparison' with China's, Pence believes. rt.com The White House has stepped up its showdown with China, casting it as the new top bogeyman, with Mike Pence declaring that the notorious Russian interference and meddling 'pales' in comparison to Beijing's influence in US affairs.

Stephen F. Cohen (2018-10-03). More Cold War Extremism and Crises. thenation.com More Cold War Extremism and Crises…

RT (2018-10-03). America's next top villain: Is China lined up to replace Russia as the US' default enemy? rt.com Recent provocations in the South China Sea follow rising tensions between the US and China, but with rivalry expanding into the economic and political spheres, it seems Beijing is now encroaching on Russia's top-villain status. |

RT (2018-10-03). FBI documents detail Clinton and Mueller's own 'Russiagate' — but they're classified. rt.com The FBI is facing new calls to declassify documents relating to the sale of US uranium to a Russian company, documents that could implicate Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and 'Russiagate' witch-hunter Robert Mueller. |

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-02). Trump Officials Headline Neocon Iran Regime-Change Summit: Inside UANI. therealnews.com John Bolton and Mike Pompeo headlined the annual United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) summit, where speakers celebrated the strangling of the Iranian economy under U.S. sanctions and cheered on regime change. We report from inside

Shared by Ben NortonAaron Maté (2018-10-02). Trump Officials Headline Neocon Iran Regime-Change Summit: Inside UANI. therealnews.com John Bolton and Mike Pompeo headlined the annual United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) summit, where speakers celebrated the strangling of the Iranian economy under U.S. sanctions and cheered on regime change. We report from inside

Alan MacLeod (2018-09-25). Facebook's New Propaganda Partners. fair.org Reuters ( 9/19/18) described two branches of the National Endowment for Democracy, set up by the Reagan administration during the Cold War to promote US foreign policy objectives, as "two US nonprofits." | Media giant Facebook recently announced (Reuters, Last Process: 31 Citations: 2018-10-09 16:59 GMT (11:00 EST)