2018-10-11: News Headlines

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-10-11). Ex-GOP Congressman Rips Trump's Claim Devin Nunes 'Should Get the Medal of Honor' for Giving Him Cover in Mueller's Russia Probe. alternet.org Nunes has played a notorious role in the Republican effort to discredit Mueller's Russia investigation. | Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh, a Tea Party activist and conservative talk radio host, on Thursday slammed Donald Trump after the president claimed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) "should get the Medal of Honor"—despite having never been in the U. S. military (a necessary precursor to receiving said hono‚Ä®Trump made the. . .

Consortiumnews (2018-10-11). The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. consortiumnews.com The idea promoted by 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 Special… Read more →

Fred Gardner (2018-10-11). Hardly Strictly Peace Movement. counterpunch.org The CIA's New York Times correspondent David Sanger reported Oct. 7 that Gen. William Westmoreland had requested "tactical" nuclear weapons to be shipped to Vietnam in February, 1968, for use if and when US troops were overrun at Khe Sanh. President Lyndon Johnson, notified by an adviser, immediately nixed Westy's mad scheme, which had been dubbed "Operation Fracture More

Sputnik News (2018-10-11). Iran's First MMA Fighter: "Iranian Hercules" iranian.com Ali Akbari is the only mixed martial arts fighter representing Iran on the international scene. In an interview with Sputnik, Ali, nicknamed the "Iranian Hercules," spoke about his decision to promote mixed martial arts, which are outlawed in Iran, and also about his plans for the future. The Best MMA Leagues Are in Russia and the […]

Max Parry (2018-10-11). Russian 'Collusion' Is a Red Herring, Emergence of the Far Right, New Wave of Fascism. globalresearch.ca As the 2018 U.S. midterm elections approach, there is still no evidence of 'collusion' between the campaign of President Donald J. Trump and the Russian government after nearly two years of inquiry. Thus far in the Department of Justice's investigation …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-10-11). AFL-CIO support staffers walk informational picket line. peoplesworld.org

Gareth Porter (2018-10-11). The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. globalresearch.ca In their long recapitulation of the case that Russia subverted the 2016 election, Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times painted a picture of highly effective Russian government exploitation of social media for that purpose. Shane and …

Carl Boggs (2018-10-11). The Democrats and "Socialism" counterpunch.org One sign of the falling rate of intelligence in American public discourse is the wildly inaccurate use of political labels. Listening to the political noise, one might think the country is being overrun by a horde of "neo-fascists", "fascists", and bonafide "Nazis". In a world riddled with imagined threats to U.S. imperial power, new Hitlers (or More

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-10-11). Investigative Reporter Explains Trump's Role As a 'Russian Asset': He's 'Had Contacts with the Russian Mafia for 35 Years'. alternet.org Ultimately, Trump's involvement with Russia's criminal underworld may have created an opening for Putin. | While the American public was distracted by the spectacle of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination and eventual confirmation to the Supreme Court, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal continued. In recent weeks Mueller has issued more indictments against Russian cyber-spies. The. . .

wsws (2018-10-11). Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war. wsws.org Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to "retool" US society for "great power conflict."

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…

Vijay Prashad (2018-10-10). The US Has No Legitimate Reason To Impose New Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com The UN's position against Iran is in bad faith. All the member states and the UN secretariat know that Iran has no nuclear weapons programme. Yet, they have allowed the US and Israel to push against Iran. A friend in Tehran tells me that he marvels at the attitude of the United States ruling establishment […]

Brian Cloughley (2018-10-10). Britain and NATO Prepare for War on Russia in the Arctic. globalresearch.ca On September 30 the UK's foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, delivered an astonishing tirade, saying "The EU was set up to protect freedom. It was the Soviet Union that stopped people leaving. The lesson from history is clear: if you …

Robert Hunziker (2018-10-10). The Indy 500 Polar Ice Cap Marathon. counterpunch.org Eureka! The Vavilov Ice Cap set unheard of speed records a couple of years ago in a massive "surge" and left climate scientists… well, speechless! The Vavilov Ice Cap, located in the Russian High Arctic has, for years, cruised along at a speed of about 2 inches per day. But, along the way it was More

RT (2018-10-10). 'Certain groups will do anything to win': Steven Seagal scoffs at alleged Trump-Russia collusion. rt.com Action star Steven Seagal dismissed alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia as fiction, warning that "certain groups" will do or say anything to push through their political agendas.

RT (2018-10-10). Julia Roberts brother, 'Runaway Train' star Eric Roberts 'won't mind' getting Russian citizenship. rt.com The elder brother of Julia Roberts and Oscar-nominated actor, Eric Roberts, may join action star Steven Seagal, and French movie icon Gerard Depardieu in acquiring a Russian passport.

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.

RT (2018-10-10). Trump savages Medicare for All, as more Americans embrace socialism. rt.com President Trump once again lambasted the idea of socialized healthcare, as Medicare for All becomes a mainstream Democrat position and more and more Americans warm to the idea of socialism. |

RT (2018-10-10). 'With us, or against us': Nikki Haley's top threats & accusations at UN. rt.com From bullying countries into voting in line with Washington to proclaiming that the US and Russia will never be friends, retiring US ambassador Nikki Haley has said a lot of eyebrow-raising things at the UN. Here are some of them.

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…

Vijay Prashad (2018-10-09). The US Has No Legitimate Reason to Impose New Sanctions on Iran. mintpressnews.com The UN's position against Iran is in bad faith. All the member states and the UN secretariat know that Iran has no nuclear weapons programme. Yet, they have allowed the US and Israel to push against Iran.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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). 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.

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