Daily Archives: September 2, 2019

2019-09-02: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-02). Trump's Labor Day Attacks on Workers. truthdig.com Labor Day is a holiday designed to honor America's workers. Instead, Donald Trump continues to attack them. Indeed, his administration is in the midst of a stealth effort that not only attacks workers but also our earned Social Security benefits and our federal government. The long-term goals of Trump and his Congressional allies are to destroy the labor movement, wreck the federal government, and end Social Security. | That may sound hyperbolic, but it is not. Trump's latest stealth attack is not only anti-union, it will eventually make it so difficult to access Social Security benefits that some beneficiaries (…

RT (2019-09-02). Beto O'Rourke wants to be REALLY clear he IS 'coming for your guns'. rt.com Texas-born presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has vowed that if elected, he will implement a mandatory buyback of firearms, meaning the Americans will have to sell their AR-15s and AK-47s. The promise has inflamed conservatives. | Former Texas Congressman, O'Rourke has made gun control a key issue in his 2020 platform, and has been one of the loudest public figures calling for tighter gun laws in the wake of Saturday's mass shooting in Odessa, Texas. Asked on Saturday whether he would go as far as to confiscate guns from American citizens if elected president, O'Rourke made his position clear. | "I want to b…

RT (2019-09-02). Undeclared US Airstrike on Syria's Idlib Leaves Multiple Casualties. dissidentvoice.org Sending no warning to Russia or Turkey, the US bombed an array of targets within Idlib, Syria, killing numerous civilians and threatening the hard-earned truce across the province, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The air raid led to "multiple casualties and destruction" around two villages in the Idlib province, where a fragile ceasefire between government …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-09-02). The West's "Humanitarian" Claims as Syrian War Nears Endgame. globalresearch.ca Headlines emanating from the West regarding Syria's ongoing war have a common theme — allegations of Syria and Russia's "ruthless barrage" of the northern region of Idlib. | So often — however — has the US and its allies falsely invoked …

United Nations (2019-09-02). Hospitals among seven health centres attacked in Syria's north-east. un.org Seven health centres in Syria's north-west have been reportedly attacked in recent days and two of them have been destroyed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Miri Wood (2019-09-02). Syria Law Enforcement Makes Another Huge "Captagon" Amphetamine Drug Bust. globalresearch.ca NATO-backed terrorist remnants in Aleppo countryside have increased attacks against civilian populations of the city, since prior to the Astana meetings and the short-lived 'cessation of hostilities' agreement. | Massive quantities of this criminal drug were found in the wheels of …

Tom Luongo (2019-09-02). One Last Ceasefire before Oblivion for Jihadists in Syria. globalresearch.ca The battle to reclaim Syria moved forward this week. Syrian Arab Army forces reclaimed the town of Khan Sheikoun last week prompting a flurry of moves by all involved, most notably Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Erdogan was in …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-09-02). Israeli Border Provocation Moves Plan for Regional War Forward. globalresearch.ca Israel has bombed both Syria and Iraq with impunity. Syria, over the last couple of years, has endured attacks by Israel hundreds of times. In July, the IDF, using US-produced F-35i stealth fighter jets, attacked targets inside Iraq. | From Al-Jazeera

Staff (2019-09-02). Don't Subsidize Companies That Silence Workers. truthout.org | | On Labor Day, a critical question arises: Will America finally grant its workers First Amendment rights? | The Constitution guarantees "freedom of speech," the right to "peaceably assemble," and the right to petition for "a redress of grievances." Yet these civil rights are commonly denied to workers. | Sure, we can say what we want, but we pay a high price to speak — often losing our jobs, health care, and benefits for our families. But we pay an even higher price for not speaking. | In 2016, Kyaw Kyaw, 50, <...

Paul Dobson (2019-09-02). Venezuela Points Finger at Duque for Breakdown of Colombian Peace Process. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government also refuted accusations that it offers "refuge" to FARC-EP rebels.

Oakland Peace Center (2019-09-02). Mind+Body Fun-raiser + ZUMBATHON. indybay.org Oakland Peace Center | 111 Fairmount Avenue (enter on 29th St.) | Oakland, CA 94611…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-02). US 'Complicit in This Nightmare,' Says Sanders, After Trump-Backed Saudi Coalition Kills Over 100 in Bombing of Yemeni Prison. commondreams.org "Congress has declared this war unconstitutional. We must now stand up to Trump and defund all U.S. involvement in these horrors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/yemen_dhamar.jpg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-09-02). 'Trailblazer in the Name of Peace': Anti-War Hero Frances Crowe Dies at 100. commondreams.org "As we celebrate her life and mourn her passing," said one friend and ally, "we know that the best tribute of all is to keep on fighting." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rip-100-frances-crowe-peace-activist.jpg

Lindsay Koshgarian (2019-09-02). Remembering Frances Crowe (1919-2019). commondreams.org Lifelong peace activistFrances Crowe (center), who died last week at the age of 100, presents the Frances Crowe Award to Arky Markham (left) and George Markham (right) at the 2003 NPP fall party. (Photo: Courtesy of National Priorities Project) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/francesarkygeorge_large.png

United Nations (2019-09-01). UN chief pays tribute to the courage of DR Congo citizens facing Ebola and insecurity, and the sacrifice of blue helmets. un.org On the second day of his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres saluted the courage of the country's citizens, as well as the sacrifice of the peacekeepers who have died serving them.

Staff (2019-09-01). McConnell Seems Increasingly Nervous Republicans Could Lose Big Next Year. truthout.org | | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be worried that Trump isn't going to win in 2020. At least, that's one explanation for his promise to "protect" the Supreme Court from Democrats. | McConnell, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), got all Republican senators to sign on to a highly unusual letter to the Supreme Court.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-01). 'Carnage That Could Have Been Prevented': West Texas Mass Shooting Provokes Fresh Calls for Stricter Gun Laws. commondreams.org Gun control advocates and Democratic politicians swiftly demanded that Congress take action after at least five people were killed and several more were injured in a mass shooting in Texas Saturday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11653012711.jpg

Jon Schwarz (2019-08-31). The Best Movie Ever Made About the Truth Behind the Iraq War Is "Official Secrets" theintercept.com "Official Secrets," which opened Friday in New York and Los Angeles, is the best movie ever made about how the Iraq War happened. It's startlingly accurate, and because of that, it's equally inspiring, demoralizing, hopeful, and enraging. Please go see it. | It's been forgotten now, but the Iraq War and its abominable consequences — the hundreds of thousands of deaths, the rise of the Islamic State group, the nightmare oozing into Syria, arguably the presidency of Donald Trump — almost didn't happen. In the weeks before the U.S.-led invasion on March 19, 2003, the American and British case for war was…

Staff (2019-08-31). Colombia's President "Wants War," FARC Dissidents Comply. therealnews.com Colombian activist Manuel Rozental explains that the flawed 2016 peace agreement with the FARC rebels was an important step forward, but now FARC dissidents are giving in to the government's push for more war…

Fight Back (2019-08-31). FARC-EP calls for renewed armed struggle. fightbacknews.org In a video released on August 29, 2019, Iván Márquez, former lead peace negotiator for the FARC-EP in the peace talks in Havana, Cuba, announced that a sector of the FARC party (name of the successor party to the FARC-EP that was founded after the signing of the peace agreement in 2016) were returning to the armed struggle under the banner of the revolutionary guerrilla organization the FARC-EP (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia- Ejército del Pueblo). Iván Márquez read the FARC-EP's new manifesto dressed in military fatigues surrounded by armed companions, including the famous FARC-EP commanders El Pais…

People's World Editorial Board (2019-08-30). Communist Party USA: 100 years in struggle for peace, democracy, socialism. peoplesworld.org One hundred years ago this weekend, on Sept. 1, 1919, 128 women and men, meeting in a hall in Chicago, founded the Communist Party of America. In their founding Manifesto, the members declared: "The world is on the verge of a new era. Europe is in revolt. The masses of Asia are stirring uneasily. Capitalism …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-30). Israel increases attacks on Iran allies amid deepening ties to UAE, Saudi. thegrayzone.com The recent Israeli bombings of Iranian-allied groups in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria come amid deepening ties between Israel and the…

John Nichols (2019-08-30). Trump's Support of Boris Johnson Should Remind Congress of the Necessity of Impeachment. thenation.com Trump's Support of Boris Johnson Should Remind Congress of the Necessity of Impeachment…

susan_p (2019-08-30). Rojava: Human shields defy threats of Turkish invasion. greenleft.org.au Rojava revolutionIssue 1235 Northern Syria Turkish military Democratic Federation of Northern SyriaAugust 30, 2019The people of Rojava in Northern Syria are continuing human shield actions along the Syria-Turkey border, to prevent an invasi…

CP Editor (2019-08-30). DNC Kills Climate Debate Compromise. counterpunch.org

unitedEditor (2019-08-29). A safe zone in Syria: a renewed military crisis or a diplomatic solution? uwidata.com The establishment of safe zones in war-torn countries is supposed to entail a reduction in violence. However, in the present situation in Syria, US involvement in the establishment of a safe zone will lead to the direct military entrenchment of Washington, Turkey, Russia, and Syria, and will only cause the situation to deteriorate further. WHY …

Staff (2019-08-29). The Israeli Elections Are Not About Palestine or Peace. therealnews.com Shir Hever discusses how the upcoming Israeli elections demonstrate the secular/religious divide on major issues like gender segregation, separation of church and state, public transportation during the Shabbath, and the conscription of women and ultra-Orthodox to the military…

Aída Chávez (2019-08-29). Senate Democrats' Campaign Arm Is Pressuring Consultants Not to Work With Leading Progressive Candidate in Colorado. theintercept.com Andrew Romanoff said the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pressured a number of firms not to work with his Senate campaign.

United Nations (2019-08-29). Millions in Idlib 'counting on your support to make the violence stop', UN relief chief tells Security Council. un.org Despite an agreement signed nearly a year ago on a halt to further escalation in Syria's war-battered Idlib, "the bombing and fighting go on in plain sight, day in and day out", the UN humanitarian chief told the Security Council on Thursday.

Staff (2019-08-29). Remembering Legendary Peace Activist Frances Crowe, Who Died at 100 After Decades of Resisting War. democracynow.org The legendary peace activist Frances Crowe died this week at the age of 100 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Over the past seven decades, Frances had been arrested countless times while protesting war, nuclear weapons, nuclear power and the construction of new pipelines. She is survived by her two sons, a daughter and an international community of peace activists. We revisit a 2005 interview of Frances Crowe by Amy Goodman and recognize her lifetime of advocacy.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-08-28). Systematic Palestinian Isolation: What Is Missing from the Omar, Tlaib Story. mintpressnews.com This is the story of Palestinian isolation by Israel that we must not allow to die out, long after the news cycle covering the two Congresswomen's story move on beyond Omar, Tlaib and Israeli transgressions.

Fight Back (2019-08-28). Israeli drone attack on Beirut suburb. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC – Israel launched a drone attack in Beirut's southern suburb, Dahiyeh, August 24, targeting the media offices of the national democratic political party Hezbollah. Lebanese politicians denounced the attacks as "acts of war," and Hezbollah stated it will respond. | Hezbollah reports that one of the Israelis drones exploded and the other did not – due to a technical failure. Of the drone that failed to blow up, Hezbollah stated "it was laden with a bomb which was professionally wrapped and isolated," made up of C4 explosives. | In recent days, Israel has launched attacks on Syria, Iraq, Gaza, and ea…

Staff (2019-08-28). Airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria & Iraq Mark Dangerous Escalation in Decades-Long Israeli Aggression. democracynow.org Tensions are mounting across the Middle East following a series of Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Lebanese President Michel Aoun likened the recent Israeli attacks to a "declaration of war." Israeli drones bombed targets in Lebanon on both Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, some Iraqi lawmakers are calling on the United States to fully withdraw its troops following a series of Israeli air raids conducted by Israel. Israel has only claimed responsibility for an attack on Syria Saturday, which they said targeted an Iranian-operated base that was preparing to launch a drone assault on Israel. We speak wi…

Robert Inkalesh (2019-08-28). Recent Israeli Attacks "Significantly Weakened" Syria's Air-Defense Systems. mintpressnews.com While an attack of this scale on virtually any sovereign nation aside from Syria would likely provoke a major response from the international community, this Israeli attack has barely registered.

Aaron Maté (2019-08-27). Israeli attacks provoke Iran, Hezbollah — and could help jihadists. thegrayzone.com With its bombings of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, is Israel trying to stop an attack from Iran and its allies,…

Staff (2019-08-26). "The Situation Was Very Bad": Feminist Activist Kavita Krishnan on What She Saw in Kashmir. democracynow.org In Kashmir, residents have entered their fourth week of a severe lockdown after India revoked the special status of the Indian-controlled part of the Muslim-majority territory. On August 5, India imposed a curfew and cut off all communications to the region. More than 4,000 people, including many political leaders, have been detained, while local residents report facing increasing shortages of food and medicine. Over the weekend, India blocked a delegation of Indian opposition politicians from visiting Kashmir, including Rahul Gandhi, the former president of the Indian National Congress. India's actions have led…

Staff (2019-08-26). Headlines for August 26, 2019. democracynow.org World Leaders Pledge Amazon Help as Trump Sends Mixed Signals About China at G7 Summit, Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif Makes Surprise Appearance at G7 to Hold Talks with European Officials, Protesters Call Out G7 Leaders over Corporate Ties, Climate Inaction and Inequality, Wildfires Continue to Consume Amazon as Public Outrage Grows, Police Deploy Water Cannons, Fire a Live Warning Shot at Hong Kong Protesters, Attacks in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Add to Mounting Tensions in Middle East, EU Countries Say They Will Relocate Migrants Stranded on Ship After 2-Week Standoff, 200,000 Rohingya Refugees March for "Genocid…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-08-24). It's Time to Indict Aung San Suu Kyi for Genocide Against the Rohingya in Myanmar. theintercept.com Aung San Suu Kyi, a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is an essential part of the decimation of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. She should face trial.

Aída Chávez (2019-08-24). National Democrats Endorse John Hickenlooper, a Proponent of Fracking, in Competitive Colorado Primary. theintercept.com In Colorado, nearly a dozen Democrats are vying for the opportunity to take on Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020 — a race widely seen as the party's most promising pick-up in the Senate. One of the leading contenders, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, is running on a platform that includes Medicare for All and an aggressive plan to combat the climate crisis — and his campaign has already topped $1 million in fundraising. | But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has thrown its weight behind former Gov. John Hickenlooper, a pro-fracking moderate. After months of rejecting calls…

Staff (2019-08-23). Headlines for August 23, 2019. democracynow.org U.N. Calls for Protection of the Amazon as Rainforest Burns at Record Pace, Indigenous Communities Say Brazil's President Is Encouraging Destruction of Forests, Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Green New Deal to Avert Climate Catastrophe, Democratic Leaders Reject Resolution Calling for Candidate Climate Debate, French Authorities to Crack Down on Protest as 13,000 Police Mobilize for G7 Summit, Syrian Forces Encircle Last Major Rebel-Held Stronghold in Hama Province, U.N.: Burmese Troops Had "Genocidal Intent" in Targeting Rohingya for Sexual Violence, Indonesia Deploys Troops to Quell Independence Protests in W…

Rick Sterling (2019-08-23). NPR Mocks Cancer Survivor in Drumbeat of Syria Propaganda. mintpressnews.com While NPR snorts about Asma Assad "sporting a chic blonde pixie cut", Lilly Martin points out that she was recently bald while fighting for her life.

Jud Lounsbury (2019-08-22). Steve King: Confederate Soldiers Died 'Putting an End to' Slavery. progressive.org Thankfully, this Iowan Congressman isn't into creative anachronism.

unitedEditor (2019-08-21). Italian Prime Minister Conte resigns, but what comes next? uwidata.com On Tuesday, Giuseppe Conte, the Chairman of the Italian Council of Ministers, announced his resignation. In a speech before the Senate, he declared his intention to ask President Mattarella for permission to leave his office early. Conte was all but forced into the decision by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who was about to initiate …

Jason Ditz (2019-08-20). Pentagon Officials Eager to Present a Recovering ISIS, but Facts Don't Support It. theantimedia.com The Pentagon clearly wants this to be true, because they are using it to spin a US military withdrawal from Syria as dangerous.

Tyler Durden (2019-08-19). Turkey-Syria War on the Horizon: Airstrikes Target Invading Turkish Army Convoy. theantimedia.com Turkey and Syria could be headed for war as their armies increasingly clash on front lines in southern Idlib.

ACLU (2019-08-19). Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him. aclu.org Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-08-16). Marjorie Taylor Greene: How an Outspoken MAGA Fan Built a Following in a World of Extremists. splcenter.org Originally a MAGA supporter but now an emerging MAGA star, Marjorie Taylor Greene has deftly leveraged social media and confrontations in public to increase her visibility. Now she's entering politics as a GOP candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

patrick (2019-08-13). BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution. bdsmovement.net BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Turkish Minute (2019-08-06). Pentagon: Any Operation by Turkey into Northern Syria 'Unacceptable'. theantimedia.com (TM) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be "unacceptable" and that the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between Washington and Ankara simmer, according to Reuters. On Sunday President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan said Turkey, which already has a foothold in northwest Syria, will carry out …

Eoin Higgins (2019-08-01). Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard. theantimedia.com The Kamala Harris' campaign jumped to tie Gabbard and her campaign to a nebulously defined and unclear Russian conspiracy.

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Hospitals among seven health centres attacked in Syria's north-east
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-02
Seven health centres in Syria's north-west have been reportedly attacked in recent days and two of them have been destroyed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045412

Undeclared US Airstrike on Syria's Idlib Leaves Multiple Casualties
RT | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-02
Sending no warning to Russia or Turkey, the US bombed an array of targets within Idlib, Syria, killing numerous civilians and threatening the hard-earned truce across the province, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The air raid led to "multiple casualties and destruction" around two villages in the Idlib province, where a fragile ceasefire between government …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/undeclared-us-airstrike-on-syrias-idlib-leaves-multiple-casualties/

One Last Ceasefire before Oblivion for Jihadists in Syria
Tom Luongo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-02
The battle to reclaim Syria moved forward this week. Syrian Arab Army forces reclaimed the town of Khan Sheikoun last week prompting a flurry of moves by all involved, most notably Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Erdogan was in …
globalresearch.ca/ceasefire-before-oblivion-jihadists-syria/5687778

Israeli Border Provocation Moves Plan for Regional War Forward
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-02
Israel has bombed both Syria and Iraq with impunity. Syria, over the last couple of years, has endured attacks by Israel hundreds of times. In July, the IDF, using US-produced F-35i stealth fighter jets, attacked targets inside Iraq. | From Al-Jazeera…
globalresearch.ca/israeli-border-provocation-moves-plan-regional-war-forward/5687783

The West's "Humanitarian" Claims as Syrian War Nears Endgame
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-02
Headlines emanating from the West regarding Syria's ongoing war have a common theme — allegations of Syria and Russia's "ruthless barrage" of the northern region of Idlib. | So often — however — has the US and its allies falsely invoked …
globalresearch.ca/west-humanitarian-claims-struggle-syrian-war-nears-endgame/5687818

Syria Law Enforcement Makes Another Huge "Captagon" Amphetamine Drug Bust
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-02
NATO-backed terrorist remnants in Aleppo countryside have increased attacks against civilian populations of the city, since prior to the Astana meetings and the short-lived 'cessation of hostilities' agreement. | Massive quantities of this criminal drug were found in the wheels of …
globalresearch.ca/syria-law-enforcement-makes-another-huge-captagon-amphetamine-drug-bust/5687795

Trump's Labor Day Attacks on Workers
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-02
Labor Day is a holiday designed to honor America's workers. Instead, Donald Trump continues to attack them. Indeed, his administration is in the midst of a stealth effort that not only attacks workers but also our earned Social Security benefits and our federal government. The long-term goals of Trump and his Congressional allies are to destroy the labor movement, wreck the federal government, and end Social Security. | That may sound hyperbolic, but it is not. Trump's latest stealth attack is not only anti-union, it will eventually make it so difficult to access Social Security benefits that some beneficiaries (…
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-labor-day-attacks-on-workers/

Beto O'Rourke wants to be REALLY clear he IS 'coming for your guns'
rt.com | 2019-09-02
Texas-born presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has vowed that if elected, he will implement a mandatory buyback of firearms, meaning the Americans will have to sell their AR-15s and AK-47s. The promise has inflamed conservatives. | Former Texas Congressman, O'Rourke has made gun control a key issue in his 2020 platform, and has been one of the loudest public figures calling for tighter gun laws in the wake of Saturday's mass shooting in Odessa, Texas. Asked on Saturday whether he would go as far as to confiscate guns from American citizens if elected president, O'Rourke made his position clear. | "I want to b…
rt.com/usa/467832-beto-orourke-wants-take-away-guns/

Don't Subsidize Companies That Silence Workers
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-02
| On Labor Day, a critical question arises: Will America finally grant its workers First Amendment rights? | The Constitution guarantees "freedom of speech," the right to "peaceably assemble," and the right to petition for "a redress of grievances." Yet these civil rights are commonly denied to workers. | Sure, we can say what we want, but we pay a high price to speak — often losing our jobs, health care, and benefits for our families. But we pay an even higher price for not speaking. | In 2016, Kyaw Kyaw, 50,
truthout.org/articles/dont-subsidize-companies-that-silence-workers/

Remembering Frances Crowe (1919-2019)
Lindsay Koshgarian | commondreams.org | 2019-09-02
Lifelong peace activistFrances Crowe (center), who died last week at the age of 100, presents the Frances Crowe Award to Arky Markham (left) and George Markham (right) at the 2003 NPP fall party. (Photo: Courtesy of National Priorities Project) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/francesarkygeorge_large.png
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Mind+Body Fun-raiser + ZUMBATHON
Oakland Peace Center | indybay.org | 2019-09-02
Oakland Peace Center | 111 Fairmount Avenue (enter on 29th St.) | Oakland, CA 94611…
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Venezuela Points Finger at Duque for Breakdown of Colombian Peace Process
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-02
The Maduro government also refuted accusations that it offers "refuge" to FARC-EP rebels.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14646

US 'Complicit in This Nightmare,' Says Sanders, After Trump-Backed Saudi Coalition Kills Over 100 in Bombing of Yemeni Prison
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-02
"Congress has declared this war unconstitutional. We must now stand up to Trump and defund all U.S. involvement in these horrors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/yemen_dhamar.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/02/us-complicit-nightmare-says-sanders-after-trump-backed-saudi-coalition-kills-over?cd-origin=rss

'Trailblazer in the Name of Peace': Anti-War Hero Frances Crowe Dies at 100
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-02
"As we celebrate her life and mourn her passing," said one friend and ally, "we know that the best tribute of all is to keep on fighting." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rip-100-frances-crowe-peace-activist.jpg
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UN chief pays tribute to the courage of DR Congo citizens facing Ebola and insecurity, and the sacrifice of blue helmets
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-01
On the second day of his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres saluted the courage of the country's citizens, as well as the sacrifice of the peacekeepers who have died serving them.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045372

McConnell Seems Increasingly Nervous Republicans Could Lose Big Next Year
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-01
| Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be worried that Trump isn't going to win in 2020. At least, that's one explanation for his promise to "protect" the Supreme Court from Democrats. | McConnell, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), got all Republican senators to sign on to a highly unusual letter to the Supreme Court.
truthout.org/articles/mcconnell-seems-increasingly-nervous-republicans-could-lose-big-next-year/

'Carnage That Could Have Been Prevented': West Texas Mass Shooting Provokes Fresh Calls for Stricter Gun Laws
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-01
Gun control advocates and Democratic politicians swiftly demanded that Congress take action after at least five people were killed and several more were injured in a mass shooting in Texas Saturday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11653012711.jpg
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The Best Movie Ever Made About the Truth Behind the Iraq War Is "Official Secrets"
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-08-31
"Official Secrets," which opened Friday in New York and Los Angeles, is the best movie ever made about how the Iraq War happened. It's startlingly accurate, and because of that, it's equally inspiring, demoralizing, hopeful, and enraging. Please go see it. | It's been forgotten now, but the Iraq War and its abominable consequences — the hundreds of thousands of deaths, the rise of the Islamic State group, the nightmare oozing into Syria, arguably the presidency of Donald Trump — almost didn't happen. In the weeks before the U.S.-led invasion on March 19, 2003, the American and British case for war was…
theintercept.com/2019/08/31/official-secrets-iraq-war-film/

Colombia's President "Wants War," FARC Dissidents Comply
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-31
Colombian activist Manuel Rozental explains that the flawed 2016 peace agreement with the FARC rebels was an important step forward, but now FARC dissidents are giving in to the government's push for more war…
therealnews.com/stories/colombias-president-wants-war-farc-dissidents-comply

FARC-EP calls for renewed armed struggle
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-31
In a video released on August 29, 2019, Iván Márquez, former lead peace negotiator for the FARC-EP in the peace talks in Havana, Cuba, announced that a sector of the FARC party (name of the successor party to the FARC-EP that was founded after the signing of the peace agreement in 2016) were returning to the armed struggle under the banner of the revolutionary guerrilla organization the FARC-EP (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia- Ejército del Pueblo). Iván Márquez read the FARC-EP's new manifesto dressed in military fatigues surrounded by armed companions, including the famous FARC-EP commanders El Pais…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/30/farc-ep-calls-renewed-armed-struggle

Israel increases attacks on Iran allies amid deepening ties to UAE, Saudi
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-30
The recent Israeli bombings of Iranian-allied groups in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria come amid deepening ties between Israel and the…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/30/israel-attacks-iran-uae-saudi/

Trump's Support of Boris Johnson Should Remind Congress of the Necessity of Impeachment
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-08-30
Trump's Support of Boris Johnson Should Remind Congress of the Necessity of Impeachment…
thenation.com/article/why-trumps-support-of-boris-johnson-should-remind-congress-to-impeach/

DNC Kills Climate Debate Compromise
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-30
counterpunch.org/2019/08/30/dnc-kills-climate-debate-compromise/

Communist Party USA: 100 years in struggle for peace, democracy, socialism
People's World Editorial Board | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-30
One hundred years ago this weekend, on Sept. 1, 1919, 128 women and men, meeting in a hall in Chicago, founded the Communist Party of America. In their founding Manifesto, the members declared: "The world is on the verge of a new era. Europe is in revolt. The masses of Asia are stirring uneasily. Capitalism …
peoplesworld.org/article/communist-party-usa-100-years-in-the-struggle-for-peace-democracy-and-socialism/

Rojava: Human shields defy threats of Turkish invasion
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-30
Rojava revolutionIssue 1235 Northern Syria Turkish military Democratic Federation of Northern SyriaAugust 30, 2019The people of Rojava in Northern Syria are continuing human shield actions along the Syria-Turkey border, to prevent an invasi…
greenleft.org.au/content/rojava-human-shields-defy-threats-turkish-invasion

Millions in Idlib 'counting on your support to make the violence stop', UN relief chief tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-29
Despite an agreement signed nearly a year ago on a halt to further escalation in Syria's war-battered Idlib, "the bombing and fighting go on in plain sight, day in and day out", the UN humanitarian chief told the Security Council on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1045251

A safe zone in Syria: a renewed military crisis or a diplomatic solution?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-29
The establishment of safe zones in war-torn countries is supposed to entail a reduction in violence. However, in the present situation in Syria, US involvement in the establishment of a safe zone will lead to the direct military entrenchment of Washington, Turkey, Russia, and Syria, and will only cause the situation to deteriorate further. WHY …
uwidata.com/5160-a-safe-zone-in-syria-a-renewed-military-crisis-or-a-diplomatic-solution/

The Israeli Elections Are Not About Palestine or Peace
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-29
Shir Hever discusses how the upcoming Israeli elections demonstrate the secular/religious divide on major issues like gender segregation, separation of church and state, public transportation during the Shabbath, and the conscription of women and ultra-Orthodox to the military…
therealnews.com/stories/the-israeli-elections-are-not-about-palestine-or-peace

Senate Democrats' Campaign Arm Is Pressuring Consultants Not to Work With Leading Progressive Candidate in Colorado
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-08-29
Andrew Romanoff said the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pressured a number of firms not to work with his Senate campaign.
theintercept.com/2019/08/29/dscc-colorado-senate-democrats/

Remembering Legendary Peace Activist Frances Crowe, Who Died at 100 After Decades of Resisting War
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-29
The legendary peace activist Frances Crowe died this week at the age of 100 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Over the past seven decades, Frances had been arrested countless times while protesting war, nuclear weapons, nuclear power and the construction of new pipelines. She is survived by her two sons, a daughter and an international community of peace activists. We revisit a 2005 interview of Frances Crowe by Amy Goodman and recognize her lifetime of advocacy.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/29/remembering_legendary_peace_activist_frances_crowe

Recent Israeli Attacks "Significantly Weakened" Syria's Air-Defense Systems
Robert Inkalesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-28
While an attack of this scale on virtually any sovereign nation aside from Syria would likely provoke a major response from the international community, this Israeli attack has barely registered.
mintpressnews.com/lsrael-attacks-syria-air-defenses/261551/

Israeli drone attack on Beirut suburb
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-28
Washington, DC – Israel launched a drone attack in Beirut's southern suburb, Dahiyeh, August 24, targeting the media offices of the national democratic political party Hezbollah. Lebanese politicians denounced the attacks as "acts of war," and Hezbollah stated it will respond. | Hezbollah reports that one of the Israelis drones exploded and the other did not – due to a technical failure. Of the drone that failed to blow up, Hezbollah stated "it was laden with a bomb which was professionally wrapped and isolated," made up of C4 explosives. | In recent days, Israel has launched attacks on Syria, Iraq, Gaza, and ea…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/28/israeli-drone-attack-beirut-suburb

Systematic Palestinian Isolation: What Is Missing from the Omar, Tlaib Story
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-28
This is the story of Palestinian isolation by Israel that we must not allow to die out, long after the news cycle covering the two Congresswomen's story move on beyond Omar, Tlaib and Israeli transgressions.
mintpressnews.com/palestinian-isolation-missing-ilhan-omar-rashida-tlaib-story/261568/

Airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria & Iraq Mark Dangerous Escalation in Decades-Long Israeli Aggression
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-28
Tensions are mounting across the Middle East following a series of Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Lebanese President Michel Aoun likened the recent Israeli attacks to a "declaration of war." Israeli drones bombed targets in Lebanon on both Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, some Iraqi lawmakers are calling on the United States to fully withdraw its troops following a series of Israeli air raids conducted by Israel. Israel has only claimed responsibility for an attack on Syria Saturday, which they said targeted an Iranian-operated base that was preparing to launch a drone assault on Israel. We speak wi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/28/israel_airstrikes_lebanon_syria_iraq

Israeli attacks provoke Iran, Hezbollah — and could help jihadists
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-27
With its bombings of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, is Israel trying to stop an attack from Iran and its allies,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/27/israeli-attacks-provoke-iran-hezbollah-and-could-help-jihadists/

Headlines for August 26, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-26
World Leaders Pledge Amazon Help as Trump Sends Mixed Signals About China at G7 Summit, Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif Makes Surprise Appearance at G7 to Hold Talks with European Officials, Protesters Call Out G7 Leaders over Corporate Ties, Climate Inaction and Inequality, Wildfires Continue to Consume Amazon as Public Outrage Grows, Police Deploy Water Cannons, Fire a Live Warning Shot at Hong Kong Protesters, Attacks in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Add to Mounting Tensions in Middle East, EU Countries Say They Will Relocate Migrants Stranded on Ship After 2-Week Standoff, 200,000 Rohingya Refugees March for "Genocid…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/26/headlines

"The Situation Was Very Bad": Feminist Activist Kavita Krishnan on What She Saw in Kashmir
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-26
In Kashmir, residents have entered their fourth week of a severe lockdown after India revoked the special status of the Indian-controlled part of the Muslim-majority territory. On August 5, India imposed a curfew and cut off all communications to the region. More than 4,000 people, including many political leaders, have been detained, while local residents report facing increasing shortages of food and medicine. Over the weekend, India blocked a delegation of Indian opposition politicians from visiting Kashmir, including Rahul Gandhi, the former president of the Indian National Congress. India's actions have led…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/26/kavita_krishnan_india_kashmir_special_status

It's Time to Indict Aung San Suu Kyi for Genocide Against the Rohingya in Myanmar
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-08-24
Aung San Suu Kyi, a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is an essential part of the decimation of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. She should face trial.
theintercept.com/2019/08/24/aung-san-suu-kyi-rohingya-genocide/

National Democrats Endorse John Hickenlooper, a Proponent of Fracking, in Competitive Colorado Primary
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-08-24
In Colorado, nearly a dozen Democrats are vying for the opportunity to take on Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020 — a race widely seen as the party's most promising pick-up in the Senate. One of the leading contenders, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, is running on a platform that includes Medicare for All and an aggressive plan to combat the climate crisis — and his campaign has already topped $1 million in fundraising. | But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has thrown its weight behind former Gov. John Hickenlooper, a pro-fracking moderate. After months of rejecting calls…
theintercept.com/2019/08/24/dscc-john-hickenlooper-andrew-romanoff-colorado-senate/

NPR Mocks Cancer Survivor in Drumbeat of Syria Propaganda
Rick Sterling | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-23
While NPR snorts about Asma Assad "sporting a chic blonde pixie cut", Lilly Martin points out that she was recently bald while fighting for her life.
mintpressnews.com/npr-mocks-cancer-survivor-in-drumbeat-of-syria-propaganda/261479/

Headlines for August 23, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-23
U.N. Calls for Protection of the Amazon as Rainforest Burns at Record Pace, Indigenous Communities Say Brazil's President Is Encouraging Destruction of Forests, Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Green New Deal to Avert Climate Catastrophe, Democratic Leaders Reject Resolution Calling for Candidate Climate Debate, French Authorities to Crack Down on Protest as 13,000 Police Mobilize for G7 Summit, Syrian Forces Encircle Last Major Rebel-Held Stronghold in Hama Province, U.N.: Burmese Troops Had "Genocidal Intent" in Targeting Rohingya for Sexual Violence, Indonesia Deploys Troops to Quell Independence Protests in W…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/23/headlines

Steve King: Confederate Soldiers Died 'Putting an End to' Slavery
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-08-22
Thankfully, this Iowan Congressman isn't into creative anachronism.
progressive.org/dispatches/steve-king-confederate-soldiers-died-ending-slavery-lounsbury-190822/

Italian Prime Minister Conte resigns, but what comes next?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-21
On Tuesday, Giuseppe Conte, the Chairman of the Italian Council of Ministers, announced his resignation. In a speech before the Senate, he declared his intention to ask President Mattarella for permission to leave his office early. Conte was all but forced into the decision by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who was about to initiate …
uwidata.com/5014-italian-prime-minister-conte-resigns-but-what-comes-next/

Pentagon Officials Eager to Present a Recovering ISIS, but Facts Don't Support It
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-20
The Pentagon clearly wants this to be true, because they are using it to spin a US military withdrawal from Syria as dangerous.

Pentagon Officials Eager to Present a Recovering ISIS, but Facts Don’t Support It

Turkey-Syria War on the Horizon: Airstrikes Target Invading Turkish Army Convoy
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-19
Turkey and Syria could be headed for war as their armies increasingly clash on front lines in southern Idlib.

Turkey-Syria War on the Horizon: Airstrikes Target Invading Turkish Army Convoy

Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him
aclu.org | 2019-08-19
Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/trump-taking-more-money-raids-and-detention

Marjorie Taylor Greene: How an Outspoken MAGA Fan Built a Following in a World of Extremists
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-08-16
Originally a MAGA supporter but now an emerging MAGA star, Marjorie Taylor Greene has deftly leveraged social media and confrontations in public to increase her visibility. Now she's entering politics as a GOP candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/08/16/marjorie-taylor-greene-how-outspoken-maga-fan-built-following-world-extremists

BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-13
BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
bdsmovement.net/news/bds-movement-condemns-us-congress-anti-bds-resolution

Pentagon: Any Operation by Turkey into Northern Syria 'Unacceptable'
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-06
(TM) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be "unacceptable" and that the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between Washington and Ankara simmer, according to Reuters. On Sunday President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan said Turkey, which already has a foothold in northwest Syria, will carry out …

Pentagon: Any Operation by Turkey into Northern Syria ‘Unacceptable’