Crop yields are up in Syria, but higher prices still cause major strain: new UN report
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-05
A new UN report on Thursday shows that while improved security and rainfall across Syria's farming areas have boosted the country's harvests, higher prices mean that many citizens are still struggling to feed their families.
Thursday's Daily Brief: Facebook rallies against vaccination 'fake news', DPR Korea UN staff cuts call, Syria crop report, crisis funding and Dorian latest
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-05
A recap of Thursday's stories: Facebook and WHO work together to stem misinformation on vaccines; North Korea tells UN to cut staff; $75 million allocated for eight crises; mixed news on Syria crop production; 'digital divide' sidelines most vulnerable.
Sanders Shines and Biden Crumbles During Epic Town Hall on Climate Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-05
| Adding climate change to school curriculums. Geoengineering. Thorium fuel reactors. A Blue New Deal. The Syrian war was a climate war. Climate distress included in asylum petitions. Food deserts. Climate denial is a l…
Progressives Can't Play Nice With Democrats Anymore
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2019-09-05
Progressive activists often see a frustrating pattern. Many Democrats in office are good at liberal platitudes but don't really fight for what we need. Even when constituents organize to lobby or protest, they have little leverage compared to big campaign donors, party leaders and corporate media spin. Activist efforts routinely fall short because–while propelled by facts and passion–they lack power. | Right now, in dozens of Democratic congressional districts, the most effective way for progressives to "lobby" their inadequate representatives would be to "primary" them. Activists may flatter themselv…
Bernie leads bipartisan effort to end US involvement in Saudi war in Yemen
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-05
In a recent letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the armed service committees in the U.S. House and Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders along with a bipartisan group of 43 other lawmakers urged Congress to defund unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Instead of withdrawing all support to Saudi Arabia …
Wall Street Journal and Senator Barrasso still peddling Koch's electric car myths
Ben Jervey | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-05
Senator John Barrasso and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editorial board are once again attacking the federal electric vehicle tax credit, and are once again relying on easily debunked talking points born of the Koch network's influence machine. Senator Barrasso has reportedly sent a letter to Republican colleagues in the Senate, advising them not to extend the electric vehicle …
As Drug War Rages, Most People Who Need Treatment Don't Get It
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-05
| The war on drugs persists under President Trump. In fact, critics say the administration's continued focus on drug-supply reduction and law enforcement could undermine the public health approaches to the opioid crisis that the government funnels billions of dollars into every year. | On Thursday, the Trump administration announced the release of $1.8 billion in state grants for combating opioid addiction and the overdose epidemic. The money was allocated by Congress, which has put billions of dollars…
Congress Must Stop Big Business, Wealthy Donors From Influencing Our Elections
commondreams.org | 2019-09-05
Your Vote, Your Voice: Don't Waste It
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-05
More than a year out from the 2020 presidential election, we're already starting to see "spoiler" fear-mongering from supporters of America's two largest political parties and their candidates. Will formerly Republican congressman Justin Amash of Michigan run for president as a Libertarian or independent in 2020? How about formerly Republican, formerly Democrat, formerly independent, former…
Hands off Hong Kong: The Cry Seldom Heard
John V. Walsh | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-05
Through the summer the world has watched as protests shook Hong Kong. As early as April they began as peaceful demonstrations which peaked in early June, with hundreds of thousands, in protest of an extradition bill. That bill would have allowed Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, to return criminals to Taiwan, mainland …
Socialism Forum "The Fight Against White Supremacy & Racist Violence"
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-09-05
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St. San Jose…
Sexual exploitation and abuse: latest UN quarterly update
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-05
In the second quarter of 2019, the United Nations received 38 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) involving UN personnel, including civilian and uniformed personnel from peacekeeping operations, as well as those from agencies, funds and programmes, according to the latest figures released on Thursday.
Hurricane Dorian Ravages the Bahamas
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-05
The climate crisis has increased the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like Hurricane Dorian. Storms like this one are why we must raise our political expectations, says Greenpeace's Jack Shapiro…
Mona from the Corner: Set Aside Political Differences, Converge in Harmony for Truth and Justice
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-05
She's a little lady, 70 something, with this cute, addictive smile. Drives an old bomb of a car, replete with Peace and End the Occupation type stickers on it. She's a nurse, still works, doing home care for very ill …
Over 120 Groups Call on Congress to Back Constitutional Amendment Overturning Citizens United
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-05
More than 120 organizations on Thursday urged members of the U.S. House to support a constitutional amendment that aims to reverse the damage done to American democracy by Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that effectively enabled corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence political elections. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-4618966721.jpg …
From Military Jets to Snipers, Icelanders—Who Live in World's Most Peaceful Country—Shocked by All the Guns Surrounding Mike Pence
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-05
"Americans intended to give every Reykjavik citizen a paralyzing drug during Pence's visit," joked a satirical Icelandic newspaper | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pence_iceland.jpg …
After DNC Rejects Climate Debate, Candidates Discuss Green New Deal, Environmental Justice at Forum
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-05
Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage in New York City Wednesday night for a climate town hall hosted by CNN. The event was held less than two weeks after the Democratic National Committee rejected a resolution that would have allowed candidates to participate in a debate focused on the climate crisis. For months, the Sunrise Movement and other environmental groups pushed the DNC to hold a climate debate, but the party refused. We host a roundtable with former EPA official Mustafa Ali, journalist Kate Aronoff and Sunrise Movement digital director Mattias Lehman.
Human rights are everyone's business, amid relentless crises around world: UN's Bachelet
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-04
The relentless outbreak of crises around the world — from the fires in the Amazon to "carnage" in Syria and demonstrations in Hong Kong, Russia, Indonesian Papua and elsewhere – risk pushing the world "further and further away from global solutions to global problems", the UN's top rights official said on Wednesday.
How can Sweden be a peace broker for the war in Yemen if it's also selling the arms that make it possible?
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-09-04
Sweden might have some credibility if it banned weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It is not enough to be moved by the tragedy in Yemen. Action is necessary. | Source…
The Impossibility of Intransigent Transcendence
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-04
On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the Resolutions Committee of the Democrat's National Committee (of Super-delegates) voted 17 to 8 against the possibility of a debate between their presidential candidates focussed on climate change. That means that slightly over 2/3rds of the Resolution Committee opposes such a debate. On Saturday, August 24, 2019, the DNC (of…
Is OK Good Enough for an Incumbent in the Face of the Climate Crisis?
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2019-09-04
The transformation of the American economy has taken a toll on this Illinois district. Rachel Ventura is challenging the incumbent Democrat, arguing that only a Green New Deal can turn it around.
Colombian Peace Agreement in Peril: Rebels Return to Armed Struggle
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-04
Civil war in Colombia may have a new lease on life. 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 since 1964. In late…
Support SCI Albion prisoner on hunger strike!
Jerome Coffey | workers.org | 2019-09-04
Greetings of love, peace and humanity! On April 28, politicized prisoner Demetrius Grant went on a hunger strike here at State Correctional Institution Albion. He is presently housed in the medical infirmary, being force-fed by correctional officers through a court order. Grant is on a hunger strike attempting to expose . . . | Continue reading Support SCI Albion prisoner on hunger strike! at Workers.org…
Nigerian Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains Jailed for Calling for Peaceful Protests
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-04
Journalist and pro-democracy activist Omoyele Sowore is entering his second month in jail for calling for peaceful nationwide protests against the government. Sowore called his movement "Revolution Now" and mobilized activists to take to the streets August 5. But just two days before the protests were set to begin, Sowore was arrested by the state and accused of attempting to take over the government. He's been imprisoned for more than a month now as human rights groups continue to call for his immediate release. We speak with his wife Opeyemi Sowore and Nani Jansen Reventlow, one of the attorneys representing Om…
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…
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.
Following week of bloodshed, 'suffering of the Afghan people must end' says UN mission chief, as Guterres calls for inclusive negotiations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-03
In the wake of a surge in violence across 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…
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.
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 …
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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) …
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’