2018-11-09: News Headlines

Anum A. Khan (2018-11-09). India-Pakistan Relations: Nuclear Doctrine, Militarization and Security Dynamics of the Indian Ocean Region. globalresearch.ca According to Cold War notion of strategic stability, deterrence will prevail if both countries have second strike capability due to the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Likewise, deterrence will be fragile if only one state has second strike capability….

Brian Cloughley (2018-11-09). The Hypocrisy of Selective Sanctions. counterpunch.org George W Bush used the phrase 'Axis of Evil' in his State of the Union address in January 2002, referring to North Korea, Iran and Iraq, accusing the last of having "plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade." There were already comprehensive UN sanctions on Iraq, but as pointed out by Global More

Brian Cloughley (2018-11-09). The Malevolent Hypocrisy of Selective Sanctions. counterpunch.org George W Bush used the phrase 'Axis of Evil' in his State of the Union address in January 2002, referring to North Korea, Iran and Iraq, accusing the last of having "plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade." There were already comprehensive UN sanctions on Iraq, but as More

wsws (2018-11-09). US-North Korean talks called off. wsws.org While the US said the meeting was merely postponed, the cancellation is another sign of an impasse in negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program.

Andrew Korybko (2018-11-09). Russia's S-400 Sale to India Won't Imperil Its Partnership with Pakistan. globalresearch.ca There's been a lot of talk about how Russia's decision to sell S-400s to India might negatively affect its incipient partnership with Pakistan, but such speculation reveals an improper understanding of these two Great Powers' developing relations that recalls the …

Eds. (2018-11-09). Did post-Soviet Russians drink themselves to death? mronline.org Although initially obscured by The Economist, among others, the sudden and unprecedented increase in Russian adult male mortality during 1992-1994 is no longer denied. Instead, the debate is now over why? | Source

wsws (2018-11-09). Democrats rally to defend fired Attorney General Sessions, Special Counsel Mueller. wsws.org The Democrats and their "left" allies fear that Sessions' firing will derail the anti-Russia Mueller investigation.

Dmitry Babich (2018-11-09). Ukraine-Russia Tensions Rise in Church Row. The Canonical Authority of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate (MP). globalresearch.ca The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, an authority completely outside Ukraine, on Oct. 11 stripped away the canonical authority of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church—Moscow Patriarchate (MP), sparking a crisis with Russia. | The 1030-year old church is …

Eds. (2018-11-09). Western media attacks critics of the White Helmets. mronline.org The October 16 issue of NY Review of Books has an article by Janine di Giovanni titled "Why Assad and Russia Target the White Helmets". The article exemplifies how western media promotes the White Helmets uncritically and attacks those who challenge the myth. | Source

Shahir ShahidSaless (2018-11-09). Why Europe Is Turning Against US policy On Iran And Syria. iranian.com On 27 October, France and Germany joined Russia and Turkey, the two major players in Syria beside Iran, to seek a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict. The "priority" at the Istanbul summit, as French President Emmanuel Macron explained, was the situation in Idlib, the last Syrian rebel stronghold. The joint statement of Turkish President Recep […]

wsws (2018-11-09). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Nigeria's three main labour federations called off a general strike set for November 6 and announced that they had reached an undisclosed settlement with the government over a rise in the country's minimum wage.

Staff (2018-11-08). Is America in a Full-Blown Constitutional Crisis? truthdig.com After President Donald Trump tore through a " red line" on Wednesday by immediately replacing fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Matthew Whitaker—a fervent loyalist who has openly called for the defunding of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe—lawmakers, legal experts, and progressive analysts argued that T…

FPIF (2018-11-08). US Air Force Preparing for War Against Russia and China. theantimedia.com The Air Force is undergoing its biggest expansion since the end of the Cold War, and the reasons are clear. (FPIF Op-ed) — In September, at the Air Force Association's annual Space & Cyber ‚Äã‚ÄãConference, Heather Wilson — Donald Trump's Secretary of the U.S. Air Force — presented the Trump administration's new roadmap for the U.S. Air Force: the …

Jason Ditz (2018-11-08). State Department: US Will Soon Impose More Sanctions Against Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The US State Department has announced that they intend to soon impose additional sanctions against Russia, after demanding that Russia provide them with a statement offering very specific "assurances" on the use of chemical weapons. This all goes back to the allegations of a March Novichok attack in Salisbury, England. The British government blamed Russia for the …

teleSUR Desk (2018-11-08). History made as minorities elected to Congress. mronline.org An election of "firsts: " Women, LGBTQ, Muslims, African-Americans and Native Americans score seats in the House and Senate. | Source

RT (2018-11-08). #Resistance holds 'Protect Mueller' rallies around the US (VIDEO). rt.com Democrat activists groups have mobilized on short notice to hold rallies in cities across the US, demanding that the new acting head of DOJ recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" probe.

RT (2018-11-08). 'Coded messages? Bots?' WATCH Rick Sanchez poke at new NYT 'disinformation' claims. rt.com Cybersecurity 'experts' writing for the New York Times have claimed that online Russian "influence operations" targeted the US midterm elections in October. The proof? Lots of people posted links to RT's content.

RT (2018-11-08). Daily Beast takes heat on Twitter after implying Kremlin plot helped unseat Dem. senator. rt.com The Daily Beast tried to pin the failure of Claire McCaskill to retain her senatorial seat on Russian meddling. Angry commenters instantly cited a number of far more mundane reasons, like her trying to court Republicans.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-08). Trump Fires AG Sessions, Installs New Loyalist Whitaker to Oversee Mueller Probe. democracynow.org President Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, replacing him with a Trump loyalist who has called special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation a "witch hunt." Matthew Whitaker, formerly Jeff Sessions's chief of staff, will now take charge of the Russia inquiry, prompting questions about the future of the Russia investigation and whether Trump will target Robert Mueller next. Some experts are raising questions about the legality of putting Whitaker in charge rather than Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing the Russia probe. The ACLU wrote in a statement, "Jeff…

Consortiumnews (2018-11-07). Ukraine-Russia Tensions Rise in Church Row. consortiumnews.com With an apparent nod from the U.S., the Ecumenical Patriarch's ruling from Istanbul severed 1000-year ties between Moscow and the Orthodox church in Ukraine, raising further tensions between Kiev and Moscow, as Dmitry Babich reports. Moscow's Role in Ukraine Orthodox… Read more →

Fight Back (2018-11-07). 101 years since the October Revolution. fightbacknews.org To mark the anniversary of the October Revolution – by our calendar Nov. 7, 1917 – Fight Back News Service is circulating the following paper by Freedom Road Socialist Organization. | The October Revolution and some lessons for the struggle for socialism in the U.S. | By Freedom Road Socialist Organization | This paper prepared collectively by the central leadership of Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and was presented by leading member of FRSO, Frank Chapman, at the Centennial Commemoration of the October Revolution, held in New York City, July 2017. The event was sponsored by People's Response for Internat…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-05). A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty. democracynow.org President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We speak to world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump's plan to pull out.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-05). Headlines for November 5, 2018. democracynow.org U.S. Reinstates Harsh Sanctions on Iran After Nuclear Deal Withdrawal, Florida: Self-Proclaimed Misogynist Kills 2, Injures 5 in Tallahassee, Georgia Secretary of State and GOP Candidate Launches Probe into Dem. Party, Obama Campaigns for Vulnerable Senate Democrats Ahead of Midterms, Kansas Republican Kris Kobach Took Donations from White Nationalists, Trump Praises "Beautiful" Razor Wire as Soldiers Deploy to Border, NBC Airs Racist Anti-Immigrant Trump Campaign Commercial, Nigerian Military Tweets Trump Video to Justify Shooting Protesters, U.N.: A Yemeni Child Dies Every 10 Min. from War-Caused Disease, Hunge…

Consortiumnews (2018-11-03). 33 Trillion More Reasons Why The New York Times Gets it Wrong on Russia-gate. consortiumnews.com Further research shows The New York Times was even further off the mark in blaming Russian social media for Trump's win, as Gareth Porter reports. Facebook Said 80,000 Russian Posts Were Buried in 33 Trillion Facebook Offerings Over Two-Year Period Further Undermining NYT's Case … Read more →

TEV (2018-10-31). Venezuelan Vice President Cements Economic Ties During Asian Tour. venezuelanalysis.com Rodriguez met with Chinese and Russian economic specialists during the final day of a regional Asiatic tour.

Don Fitz (2018-10-18). Nuclear Power & Climate. zcomm.org The great environmental challenge of our time is to understand that the many sources of biodestruction are interconnected and must be confronted simultaneously, rather than disparaging one danger to focus on another…

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