Daily Archives: September 3, 2019

2019-09-03: News Headlines

Nick Pemberton (2019-09-03). Replacing Ideology With Class. counterpunch.org There is something very peculiar about how politics is talked about. The things that are true and proven to work are called "left" while the things that are false and are proven to fail are called "right". This is why upon education most everyone becomes left, barring a greater force than truth itself in one's interest in education. This is an unprecedented dynamic. Take any other field. In mathematics, in science, in language, truth is proven and then more or less accepted. In politics this isn't the case. Despite things such as socialism, peace, education, regulation, housing and equality always working, there…

James Jordan (2019-09-03). Former Colombian guerrillas rearm as government undermines Peace Accords. liberationnews.org A new phase of armed conflict in Colombia has emerged with the declaration by some former leaders of the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — People's Army) that they are reorganizing and rearming as an insurgent force.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-09-03). Colombian peace agreement failing, some rebels return to armed struggle. peoplesworld.org Civil war in Colombia may be heating up once again. Appearing in a video released on August 29, Iván Márquez (formerly Luciano Marín Arango) spoke for former FARC guerrillas accompanying him. He announced they had returned "to the mountain," to armed struggle. Guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had fought Colombia's government …

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-03). Heightened Israeli-Lebanese Tensions. A "Declaration of War" by Israel according to President Michel Aoun. globalresearch.ca September 17 Israeli elections loom. Were late August IDF attacks on Syria, Iraq and Lebanon "fuel for the fire of (Netanyahu's) campaign," as Haaretz suggested? | Manufacturing nonexistent threats is common US/NATO/Israeli practice. Members of the block and the Jewish state …

Ryan Grim (2019-09-03). Here's How Much the Democratic Party Charges to Be on Each House Committee. theintercept.com House Democrats are woefully behind on dues owed to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to an internal party document provided to The Intercept. The rank-and-file's lagging participation in the party's money chase is being made up for, however, by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's prolific buckraking. By the end of June, she had raised the DCCC more than $43,000,000. | Otherwise, only 11 party members had paid their dues in full, according to the document, a July draft of the "Member Dues Report" for…

United Nations (2019-09-03). Following week of bloodshed, 'suffering of the Afghan people must end': UN mission chief. un.org In the wake of a surge in violent strikes by Taliban extremists in Afghanistan over the past week, the country's top UN envoy has pleaded for an end to the fighting through a negotiated peace settlement, and an end to the "indescribable loss" suffered by victims' loved ones…

Mark Ashwill (2019-09-03). Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing: An International Education Nonprofit and a Devil's Bargain. counterpunch.org 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of International Education (IIE), a well-known US-based private nonprofit that focuses on international student exchange and aid, foreign affairs, and international peace and security. IIE refers to itself as "a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas." While IIE has numerous More

Hatewatch Staff (2019-09-03). Ex-Mayor Beth Van Duyne, Known for Anti-Sharia Crusade, Running for Congress. splcenter.org Beth Van Duyne, a former Texas mayor who stoked hysteria around an Islamic tribunal and has associated with anti-Muslim hate groups, is running for U.S. Congress.

Staff (2019-09-03). Headlines for September 3, 2019. democracynow.org Gunman Kills 7 People, Injures 22 in West Texas as State Enacts New Pro-Gun Legislation, Federal Court Rules Victims of 2015 Charleston Mass Shooting Can Sue U.S. Gov't, Hurricane Dorian Pummels Bahamas, Killing 5 People, Kabul Bomb Attack Kills At Least 16 as U.S. Announces Draft Peace Plan with Taliban, 2 Million People in Assam Face Statelessness, Imprisonment After India Publishes Citizens Register, Hong Kong Protesters Take to Streets as Chinese Media Ramps Up Threatening Rhetoric, U.K. PM Boris Johnson Threatens Snap Election as Labour Hopes to Force Brexit Extension, Far-Right Party Makes Gains But Fails t…

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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

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 (2019-08-31). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Peace Action (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

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Heightened Israeli-Lebanese Tensions. A "Declaration of War" by Israel according to President Michel Aoun
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-03
September 17 Israeli elections loom. Were late August IDF attacks on Syria, Iraq and Lebanon "fuel for the fire of (Netanyahu's) campaign," as Haaretz suggested? | Manufacturing nonexistent threats is common US/NATO/Israeli practice. Members of the block and the Jewish state …
globalresearch.ca/heightened-israeli-lebanese-tensions-a-declaration-of-war-by-israel-according-to-president-michel-aoun/5687885

Here's How Much the Democratic Party Charges to Be on Each House Committee
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-09-03
House Democrats are woefully behind on dues owed to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to an internal party document provided to The Intercept. The rank-and-file's lagging participation in the party's money chase is being made up for, however, by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's prolific buckraking. By the end of June, she had raised the DCCC more than $43,000,000. | Otherwise, only 11 party members had paid their dues in full, according to the document, a July draft of the "Member Dues Report" for…
theintercept.com/2019/09/03/dccc-house-committees-dues/

Colombian peace agreement failing, some rebels return to armed struggle
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-03
Civil war in Colombia may be heating up once again. Appearing in a video released on August 29, Iván Márquez (formerly Luciano Marín Arango) spoke for former FARC guerrillas accompanying him. He announced they had returned "to the mountain," to armed struggle. Guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had fought Colombia's government …
peoplesworld.org/article/colombian-peace-agreement-failing-some-rebels-return-to-armed-struggle/

Replacing Ideology With Class
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-03
There is something very peculiar about how politics is talked about. The things that are true and proven to work are called "left" while the things that are false and are proven to fail are called "right". This is why upon education most everyone becomes left, barring a greater force than truth itself in one's interest in education. This is an unprecedented dynamic. Take any other field. In mathematics, in science, in language, truth is proven and then more or less accepted. In politics this isn't the case. Despite things such as socialism, peace, education, regulation, housing and equality always working, there…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/03/replacing-ideology-with-class/

Following week of bloodshed, 'suffering of the Afghan people must end': UN mission chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-03
In the wake of a surge in violent strikes by Taliban extremists in Afghanistan over the past week, the country's top UN envoy has pleaded for an end to the fighting through a negotiated peace settlement, and an end to the "indescribable loss" suffered by victims' loved ones…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045512

Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing: An International Education Nonprofit and a Devil's Bargain
Mark Ashwill | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-03
2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of International Education (IIE), a well-known US-based private nonprofit that focuses on international student exchange and aid, foreign affairs, and international peace and security. IIE refers to itself as "a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas." While IIE has numerous…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/03/whose-bread-i-eat-his-song-i-sing-an-international-education-nonprofit-and-a-devils-bargain/

Former Colombian guerrillas rearm as government undermines Peace Accords
James Jordan | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-03
A new phase of armed conflict in Colombia has emerged with the declaration by some former leaders of the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — People's Army) that they are reorganizing and rearming as an insurgent force.
liberationnews.org/former-colombian-guerrillas-rearm-as-government-undermines-peace-accords/

Ex-Mayor Beth Van Duyne, Known for Anti-Sharia Crusade, Running for Congress
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Beth Van Duyne, a former Texas mayor who stoked hysteria around an Islamic tribunal and has associated with anti-Muslim hate groups, is running for U.S. Congress.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/09/03/ex-mayor-beth-van-duyne-known-anti-sharia-crusade-running-congress

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/

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

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

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/

'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
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/02/trailblazer-name-peace-anti-war-hero-frances-crowe-dies-100?cd-origin=rss

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

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/

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

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

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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

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/

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

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

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/

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/

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/

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’