Daily Archives: October 15, 2018

2018-10-15: News Headlines

Conn Hallinan (2018-10-15). Syria's Chessboard. counterpunch.org The Syrian civil war has always been devilishly complex, with multiple actors following different scripts, but in the past few months it appeared to be winding down. The Damascus government now controls 60 percent of the country and the major population centers, the Islamic State has been routed, and the rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are largely cornered in Idilb Province in the country's northwest. But suddenly the Americans moved the goal posts—maybe—the Russians have fallen out with the Israelis, the Iranians are digging in their heels, and the Turks are trying to multi-task wi…

Adeyinka Makinde (2018-10-15). Positing Corbyn's Labour Party as Practitioners of "Soviet Anti-Semitism" globalresearch.ca A recent opinion piece by a certain Ben Cohen for the 'Jewish News Syndicate' entitled " Soviet anti-Semitism in a British guise" presented the view that the Jeremy Corbyn-led British Labour Party has adopted the trappings of an …

Whitney Webb (2018-10-15). Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American" mintpressnews.com The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggi's disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex — in this case Lockheed Martin — but masquerading as a response motivated by "human rights."

Christopher Black (2018-10-15). On US Naval Blockades and a Hard Days War. Economic Warfare against Russia is not Working. globalresearch.ca On the 22nd of October 1962 the US 2nd Fleet began the blockade of Cuba, an action that immediately threatened the world with nuclear war and annihilation. Those of us old enough to remember President Kennedy's statement on live television …

Gene Ruyle (2018-10-15). Red-Green Revolution The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism‚Ä®. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Gene Ruyle (2018-10-15). Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. indybay.org Starry Plough Pub | 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St in Berkeley | (near Ashby BART)…

John Steinbach (2018-10-15). Report-back: 2018 World Conference against Nuclear & Hydrogens Bombs. indybay.org Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley…

RFE (2018-10-14). Rouhani: US Wants 'Regime Change' In Iran. iranian.com The United States is seeking "regime change" in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that the current US administration is the most hostile that the Islamic Republic has faced in its four decades. Tensions have increased between Iran and America after US President Donald Trump withdrew from a multi-lateral agreement on Iran's nuclear […]

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-10-14). 'Completely Outrageous': Ex-US Ambassador to Russia Blasts 'Sell Out' Trump Over His Tepid Response to Murder of Journalist Khashoggi. alternet.org "I'm sorry, that is not American foreign policy," Michael McFaul said. "We should not just sell out to any country who buys our weapons. " | Former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Saturday slammed Donald Trump's lukewarm reaction to the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and permanent resident of the U. S. | MSNBC host Alex Witt asked McFaul whether—given the availab. . .

ursulafaw, Daily Kos (2018-10-14). GOP Cuts Its Losses — Yanks Funding for 'Putin's Favorite Congressman' Dana Rohrabacher. alternet.org Paul Ryan's SuperPAC is declining to spend money to support 15 term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. | This is to die for. Check this out. 2 Orange County GOP incumbents were just dumped overboard by Ryan's SuperPAC. Dana Rohrabacher & Mini Walters are now seen as dead in the water & sure losers. Congratulations @KatiePorterOC & @HarleyRouda.

RT (2018-10-14). US needs a space force because Russia is ahead on it, Trump says. rt.com Keen as ever on the idea of having a fighting force in space, US President Donald Trump says it's a necessity for Washington because its perceived top adversaries — Russia and China — are beating it to the punch.

Zero Hedge (2018-10-13). US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields. iranian.com Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources. This comes as the United States has resolved […]

wsws (2018-10-13). Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war. wsws.org The famous whistleblower of the "Pentagon Papers" provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

wsws (2018-10-13). Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers. wsws.org Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

Gareth Porter (2018-10-12). The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. mintpressnews.com Gareth Porter dissects the New York Times Shane & Mazzetti's case that the Russian government seriously threatened to tip the 2016 election through social media.

Ariel Dorfman (2018-10-12). How We Roasted Donald Duck, Disney's Agent of Imperialism. counterpunch.org I should not have been entirely surprised when I saw How to Read Donald Duck, a book I had written with the Belgian sociologist Armand Mattelart, being burned on TV by Chilean soldiers. It was mid-September 1973 and a military coup had just toppled Salvador Allende, the country's president, terminating his remarkable experiment of building socialism through More

Democracy Now! (2018-10-12). Headlines for October 12, 2018. democracynow.org Hurricane Michael Flattens Florida Towns as It Rips Through Southeast, Turkish Gov't Says It Has Video Evidence of Khashoggi's Murder at Saudi Consulate, President Trump Rejects Calls to Cut Off Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Report: Trump Administration Separated 6,000 Families in 4 Months, AP: U.S. Army Discharged 500 Immigrant Recruits, Kanye West Praises Trump During 10-Minute Oval Office Tirade, Pop Star Taylor Swift Tells Fans to Vote in Midterms, Washington Archbishop Resigns Amid Growing Church Sex Abuse Crisis, Syrian Rebels Withdrawing Heavy Weapons from Idlib Under Turkey-Russia Deal, HRW: Egyptian-Americ…

Michael Doliner (2018-10-12). Were the Constitution and the Bill of Rights a Mistake? counterpunch.org The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, the Bill of Rights in 1791. The Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation which had previously organized the separate states in a confederation which could not tax people directly or raise an army on its own. There was much opposition to this change, and those who were More

wsws (2018-10-12). The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka. wsws.org David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, was interviewed at length on Radio Sri Lanka's "Coffee with Dan" program early this week.

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

Juan Cole (2018-10-11). Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War. thenation.com Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…

RT (2018-10-11). NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019. rt.com NASA officials have said that the International Space Station (ISS) could be left unmanned after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was forced to make an emergency landing when its rocket booster malfunctioned.

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…

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). 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.

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). '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.

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…

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…

2018-10-15: Social Media Postees

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On US Naval Blockades and a Hard Days War. Economic Warfare against Russia is not Working
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-15
On the 22nd of October 1962 the US 2nd Fleet began the blockade of Cuba, an action that immediately threatened the world with nuclear war and annihilation. Those of us old enough to remember President Kennedy's statement on live television … | The post On US Naval Blockades and a Hard Days War. Economic Warfare against Russia is not Working appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/on-us-naval-blockades-…

Positing Corbyn's Labour Party as Practitioners of "Soviet Anti-Semitism"
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-15
A recent opinion piece by a certain Ben Cohen for the 'Jewish News Syndicate' entitled " Soviet anti-Semitism in a British guise" presented the view that the Jeremy Corbyn-led British Labour Party has adopted the trappings of an … | The post Positing Corbyn's Labour Party as Practitioners of "Soviet Anti-Semitism" appeared first on Global R…
globalresearch.ca/positing-corbyns-labou…

Syria's Chessboard
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-15
The Syrian civil war has always been devilishly complex, with multiple actors following different scripts, but in the past few months it appeared to be winding down. The Damascus government now controls 60 percent of the country and the major population centers, the Islamic State has been routed, and the rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are largely cornered in Idilb Province in the country's northwest. But suddenly the Americans moved the goal posts–maybe–the Russians have fallen out with the Israelis, the Iranians are digging in their heels, and the Turks are trying to multi-task wi…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/15/syrias-chess…

Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-15
The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggi's disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex — in this case Lockheed Martin — but masquerading as a response motivated by "human rights." | The post Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American" appeared first on
mintpressnews.com/angered-by-saudi-plan-…

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
Gene Ruyle | indybay.org | 2018-10-15
Starry Plough Pub | 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St in Berkeley | (near Ashby BART)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/14/1881821…

Report-back: 2018 World Conference against Nuclear & Hydrogens Bombs
John Steinbach | indybay.org | 2018-10-15
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/11/1881816…

Red-Green Revolution The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism‚Ä®
Gene Ruyle | indybay.org | 2018-10-15
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/12/1881818…

'Completely Outrageous': Ex-US Ambassador to Russia Blasts 'Sell Out' Trump Over His Tepid Response to Murder of Journalist Khashoggi
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-14
"I'm sorry, that is not American foreign policy," Michael McFaul said. "We should not just sell out to any country who buys our weapons. " | Former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Saturday slammed Donald Trump's lukewarm reaction to the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and permanent resident of the U. S. | MSNBC host Alex Witt asked McFaul whether–given the availab. . .
alternet.org/completely-outrageous-ex-us…

GOP Cuts Its Losses — Yanks Funding for 'Putin's Favorite Congressman' Dana Rohrabacher
ursulafaw, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-10-14
Paul Ryan's SuperPAC is declining to spend money to support 15 term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. | This is to die for. Check this out. 2 Orange County GOP incumbents were just dumped overboard by Ryan's SuperPAC. Dana Rohrabacher & Mini Walters are now seen as dead in the water & sure losers. Congratulations @KatiePorterOC & @HarleyRouda.
alternet.org/gop-cuts-its-losses-yanks-f…

Rouhani: US Wants 'Regime Change' In Iran
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-14
The United States is seeking "regime change" in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that the current US administration is the most hostile that the Islamic Republic has faced in its four decades. Tensions have increased between Iran and America after US President Donald Trump withdrew from a multi-lateral agreement on Iran's nuclear […] | The post Rouhani: US Wants 'Regime Change' In Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/10/14/rouhani-us-wants-…

US needs a space force because Russia is ahead on it, Trump says
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-14
Keen as ever on the idea of having a fighting force in space, US President Donald Trump says it's a necessity for Washington because its perceived top adversaries — Russia and China — are beating it to the punch.
rt.com/usa/441195-trump-space-force-russ…

US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-10-13
Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources. This comes as the United States has resolved […] | The post US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields appeared first on The Iranian
iranian.com/2018/10/13/us-officials-say-…

Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/13/russ…

Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
The famous whistleblower of the "Pentagon Papers" provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/13/doom…

Were the Constitution and the Bill of Rights a Mistake?
Michael Doliner | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, the Bill of Rights in 1791. The Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation which had previously organized the separate states in a confederation which could not tax people directly or raise an army on its own. There was much opposition to this change, and those who were…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/12/were-the-con…

The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Gareth Porter | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-12
Gareth Porter dissects the New York Times Shane & Mazzetti's case that the Russian government seriously threatened to tip the 2016 election through social media. | The post The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/new-york-times-case-ru…

How We Roasted Donald Duck, Disney's Agent of Imperialism
Ariel Dorfman | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
I should not have been entirely surprised when I saw How to Read Donald Duck, a book I had written with the Belgian sociologist Armand Mattelart, being burned on TV by Chilean soldiers. It was mid-September 1973 and a military coup had just toppled Salvador Allende, the country's president, terminating his remarkable experiment of building socialism through…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/12/how-we-roast…

The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-12
David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, was interviewed at length on Radio Sri Lanka's "Coffee with Dan" program early this week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/12/srin…

The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-11
The idea promoted by the 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… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/10/10/the-shaky-…

Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War
Juan Cole | thenation.com | 2018-10-11
Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…
thenation.com/article/pulp-fiction-in-is…

NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
NASA officials have said that the International Space Station (ISS) could be left unmanned after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was forced to make an emergency landing when its rocket booster malfunctioned.
rt.com/usa/441026-soyuz-nasa-iss-leave-u…

Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump's "Horrific" U.S. Policies
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-10
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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/10/rashid_k…

'Certain groups will do anything to win': Steven Seagal scoffs at alleged Trump-Russia collusion
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.com/usa/440846-steven-seagal-russia-t…

'With us, or against us': Nikki Haley's top threats & accusations at UN
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.
rt.com/news/440822-nikki-haley-un-resign…

'Sooner than you think': Trump vows swift reaction to India's S-400 purchase from Russia
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.com/usa/440917-trump-response-india-r…

Trump savages Medicare for All, as more Americans embrace socialism
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.com/usa/440901-trump-medicare-sociali…

Julia Roberts brother, 'Runaway Train' star Eric Roberts 'won't mind' getting Russian citizenship
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.com/usa/440908-eric-roberts-russian-c…

2017 Nobel Peace Laureate: Amid Talks with North Korea, It's Time for U.S. to Abandon Nukes, Too
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-09
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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/9/2017_nobe…