Daily Archives: September 9, 2019

2019-09-09: News Headlines

Dean Baker (2019-09-09). Confronting Global Warming and Austerity. counterpunch.org In the United States, proposals for a Green New Deal have been getting considerable attention in recent months as activists have pressed both members of Congress and Democratic presidential candidates to support aggressive measures to combat global warming. There clearly is much more that we can and must do in the immediate future to prevent enormous damage to the planet. More

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-09-09). A Secret US-Iran Deal over Oil Supplies to Syria. globalresearch.ca A secret deal has been set up between the US and Iran, through a third party, to enable the Iranian super tanker Adrian Darya 1 (formerly Grace 1) to deliver its 2.1 million barrels of oil to the Syrian government. …

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-09). US-Taliban No-Peace "Peace Talks" globalresearch.ca On Sunday, Pompeo called talks with the Taliban dead, no agreement forthcoming without "significant commitments" from its authorities. | On Saturday, Trump cancelled what he called secret talks with the Taliban and (US-installed Afghan puppet) president Ghani to be held separately …

Norman Solomon (2019-09-09). Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out for Sharing Critical, Accurate Information About Joe Biden. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena on September 7, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/biden_new_hampshire.jpg

Mill Valley activist groups (2019-09-09). Climate Strike: Mill Valley, Marin County. indybay.org Plaza outside Mill Valley Book Depot & Cafe, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 | Mill Valley Seniors for Peace @ Camino Alto and Miller Avenue…

Staff (2019-09-09). Trump Calls Off Peace Talks With Taliban. truthout.org | | This weekend, President Trump publicly called off a secret meeting at Camp David with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan that aimed to end the 18-year war, the longest in U.S. history. The United States and Taliban had appeared close to signing an agreement after holding nine rounds of talks in Doha, but the negotiations took a surprise turn when President Trump suggested a Camp David meeting that included Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had not been involved in the previous talks. For more, we go to Kabul to s…

Jon Britton (2019-09-09). PSL Public Forum: The Fight Against White Supremacy and Racist Violence. indybay.org San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…

WSWS (2019-09-09). Trump breaks off talks on end to US war in Afghanistan. wsws.org The US president announced that he had called off plans for a secret Camp David meeting with the Taliban and the Afghan president to conclude a peace deal.

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-09). The Taliban's Recent Kabul Attack Inadvertently Tanked the Afghan Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca Neither the Taliban nor the US wanted to throw away the unprecedented progress that's been made towards peace thus far, but pressure on both sides from within their own ranks and outside regrettably led to the suspension of the Afghan …

More Laws Needed (2019-09-09). Protesters Call Out "Massacre Mitch" in Mountain View. indybay.org On Monday, August 19, 2019 at the intersection of El Camino Real and Castro Street in Mountain View, California, protesters waved signs including one demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell act to prevent shooting massacres. They said that although nearly 40,000 Americans die every year from gun violence, our politicians–especially those bought out by the NRA–have refused to address the issue other than with their thoughts and prayers. | Photos by Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

Healthcare is a Human Right (2019-09-09). Demonstrators for Medicare for All March on Office of Congresswoman Eshoo. indybay.org On September 5, Santa Clara County Single Payer Coalition and National Nurses United led a protest that started with a march through downtown Palo Alto leading to the door of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. The Congresswoman has made it clear she is against eliminating for-profit insurance companies from our healthcare system and replacing them with a non-profit federal system. | Photos: Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

teleSUR (2019-09-09). Guatemala Imposes Siege for 30 Days, Rights Groups Protest. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Congress Saturday voted overwhelmingly to approve a temporary state of siege in six northeastern provinces, a measure designed to tighten security after several soldiers were killed by alleged drug traffickers. | RELATED: | Guatemalan President-Elect to Create New Anti-Corruption Body | The initiative passed after 88 lawmakers voted in favor while nine opposed it in the Central American country's unicameral legislature. | The 30-day state of siege imposes a night-time cur…

Staff (2019-09-09). "These Negotiations Have Not Been About the Afghan People": Trump Calls Off Peace Talks with Taliban. democracynow.org This weekend, President Trump publicly called off a secret meeting at Camp David with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan that aimed to end the 18-year war, the longest in U.S. history. The United States and Taliban had appeared close to signing an agreement after holding nine rounds of talks in Doha, but the negotiations took a surprise turn when President Trump suggested a Camp David meeting that included Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had not been involved in the previous talks. For more, we go to Kabul to speak with Ali Latifi, a freelance journalist; Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Cre…

Staff (2019-09-09). Headlines for September 9, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Calls Off Secret Afghanistan Meeting, Putting Fate of Possible Peace Deal in Question, Bahama Grapples with Hurricane Dorian's Devastation as U.S. Turns Away Asylum Seekers, FBI Investigates Shooting of Undocumented Man by ICE Agent in Tennessee, Trump Admin Failing to Provide Legal Aid for Migrant Children, 8.5-Month-Pregnant Asylum Seeker Kicked Out of U.S. Under "Remain in Mexico" Policy, U.S. Air Force & House Dems Investigate Spending at Trump's Scottish Turnberry Resort, Heating of Pacific Ocean Threatens Marine Life, Endangered Species, Israeli Military Fatally Shoots Two Palestinian Teens in Gaza, S…

Staff (2019-09-08). The Fight for Mauna Kea in Hawaii is Part of the Global Fight for Indigenous People. therealnews.com Native Hawaiians have been fighting against outside influences for sovereignty of their land, preservation of their culture, and respect for their identity since sugar planters and businessmen forced the abdication of Queen Liliuokalani in 1893. In many ways, the continued resistance to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in Hawaii is more than…

Staff (2019-09-08). How Trump Upended U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks. truthdig.com The president calls off a meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David, blaming a car bomb that killed a U.S. service member and 11 others.

RT (2019-09-08). Afghan peace talks dead 'for the time being' & US won't enter any agreement — Pompeo. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that peace negotiations with Afghanistan's Taliban are dead and that Washington will not enter any future agreement without "commitments" from the militants. | Appearing on a round of cable news shows Sunday morning, Pompeo told one of these, Fox News, that negotiations with the Taliban are dead "for the time being," adding that Washington is recalling its special envoy to Afghanistan to work out its next steps. Also appearing on CNN, Pompeo said that the US would not enter into any future agreement with the Taliban without "significant commitments" from the fighters,…

Staff (2019-09-08). Ex-S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford to Challenge Trump in Primary. truthdig.com COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump, saying Sunday that he aims to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he tries to navigate a path to the presidency. | "I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in," Sanford said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday." "This is the beginning of a long walk." | When asked why he was taking on an incumbent who's popular within the party, Sanford, who has acknowledged his slim chances by saying he doesn't expect to become pre…

Aaron Freedman (2019-09-08). Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn's Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress. theintercept.com It's a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. | The towering 32-year-old veteran who's running for Congress in New York's 9th District, in the heart of Brooklyn, is walking with me down Flatbush Avenue, talking a mile a minute as he points to the luxury developments that have sprouted up amid the modest row homes and small shops of the Prospect Heights neighborhood. | "These used to be apartments for Caribbean American immigrants," he says in a deep, booming voice, his arms sweeping across an intersection dotted wi…

South Front (2019-09-08). Video: US Seeks to Destabilize Southern Syria. globalresearch.ca The US is seeking to reanimate insurgency in southern Syria. According to the pro-militant Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a number of Free Syrian Army commanders that fled Syria in 2018 are now working to form a new militant group, …

Reese Erlich (2019-09-08). Foreign Correspondent: Will Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan? commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on April 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_afghan.jpg

teleSUR (2019-09-08). Chile: Human Rights March Ends with Police Repression. telesurenglish.net A march for human rights that commemorates the victims of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) every September, ended Sunday with brutal police repression and riots in Chile's capital Santiago. | RELATED: | 49 years of Allende's Popular Victory: 1000 Days of Struggle | Demonstrators gathered on Sunday morning to go to the capital's General Cemetery, as part of a peace march called by the Chilean coordination of human rights organizations to mark the 46th…

teleSUR (2019-09-08). US Will Lose More After Afghan Talks End Abruptly: Taliban. telesurenglish.net As a response to the United States President's decision to suddenly cancel Afghan peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Islamist group warned Sunday that this will only result in more "losses to the U.S." | RELATED: | Trump Scraps Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban Over Attack | A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, criticized Donald Trump for calling off t…

Jeff Abbott (2019-09-08). The Other Americans: Colombia's Fragile Peace in Splinters. progressive.org The renewal of armed struggle follows neglect of the peace process from the far right. "[President] Duque is taking advantage of the discourse of Donald Trump to put back in place repressive politics," a human rights defender says.

teleSUR (2019-09-08). Sudanese Tribes Sign Peace Deal After Clashes. telesurenglish.net Representatives of the Beni Amer and Nuba tribes in Sudan's Red Sea state signed a reconciliation deal Sunday under pressure from the country's most prominent military commander after clashes that triggered a state of emergency and left at least 16 dead last month. | RELATED: | Sudan Selects First Civilian Government in Decades | Sudan is embarking on a three-year transition after the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir in April and faces challenges including simmering…

Jon Britton (2019-09-08). PSL Public Forum: The Fight Against White Supremacy and Racist Violence. indybay.org San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…

Mill Valley activist groups (2019-09-08). Climate Strike: Mill Valley, Marin County. indybay.org Plaza outside Mill Valley Book Depot & Cafe, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 | Mill Valley Seniors for Peace @ Camino Alto and Miller Avenue…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-09-08). Days Before Talks With Taliban and Peace Deal, Trump Publicly Calls Secret Meeting Off. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_stolen_time_0.jpg

RT (2019-09-07). Trump lauds prisoner exchange between Russia & Ukraine as 'giant step to peace'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has praised the prisoner swap between Moscow and Ukraine, congratulating the two countries for making such a move and naming it a "giant step to peace." | Earlier in the day, Russia surrendered 35 individuals to Ukraine that had been held in its prisons and detainment centers, receiving an equal amount of people in return. | Weighing in, Trump wrote that it was indeed a step forward. | Very good news, perhaps a first giant step to peace. Congratulations to both countries!

teleSUR (2019-09-07). Trump Scraps Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban Over Attack. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump informed Saturday he canceled peace talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders after the group claimed the attack in Kabul that killed a U.S. soldier and 11 civilians. | RELATED: | 'We're Going to Always Have a Presence in Afghanistan': Trump | "If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks…then they probably don't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway," Trump said on Twitter. | The U.S. presiden…

Vijay Prashad (2019-09-07). We will see roots reaching out for each other. mronline.org Last week, Agence France-Presse got its hands on a draft UN report called Special Report on the Ocean and Cyrosphere in a Changing Climate. This 900-page document is study of the oceans for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body which won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. | Source

RT (2019-09-06). Trump is going after Democrats' favorite lawfare tactic, AG Barr signals. rt.com US President Donald Trump has already faced nearly 40 nationwide injunctions against his policies, issued by federal judges following complaints by Democrats. Now his Justice Department is saying it might move against the tactic. | Remember the "Muslim ban"? One of Trump's first executive actions was to suspend travel to the US from several Muslim-majority countries, only to see it immediately blocked by federal judges in Hawaii and California. The expanded and revised travel ban was eventually upheld by the US Supreme Court, but only after more than a year of litigation. | The same scenario has played out wit…

Yoav Litvin (2019-09-06). The Case Against the Zionist "Left" counterpunch.org Zionist historical revisionism constructs an erroneous presentation of Israel as accommodating a left-to-right political milieu, the left-flank of which amenable to a peaceful resolution of "the conflict", instead of recognizing the entirety of Zionism, including its "liberal" faction, as inherently white supremacist, settler colonialist and genocidal. The supposed left, "liberal" wing of Zionism, comprising Israeli political More

Staff (2019-09-06). Joni Ernst Says the Quiet Part Loud. truthdig.com Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, just said out loud what Republican politicians usually only talk about in secret meetings with their billionaire donors: The GOP wants to cut our earned Social Security benefits—and they want to do it behind closed doors so that they don't have to pay the political price. | At a recent town hall, Ernst stated that Congress needs to "sit down behind closed doors" to "address Social Security." She vaguely asserted, "A lot of changes need to be made in this syst…

South Front (2019-09-06). Video: Syrian Army Prepares Security Operation in Western Aleppo. globalresearch.ca Late on September 3, Idlib militants carried out an attack on Russia's Hmeimim Airbase with armed unmanned aerial vehicles. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the airbase's air-defense forces intercepted all the UAVs. The attack caused no casualties or damage …

Reese Erlich (2019-09-06). Foreign Correspondent: Can Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan? progressive.org Don't hold your breath.

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-06). A US-Taliban Peace Deal Would Redefine the Regional Balance of Power. globalresearch.ca The tentative peace deal that the US is negotiating with the Taliban would redefine the regional balance of power if it's officially promulgated, thus continuing the ongoing trend of Great Power realignment in Eurasia. | It's been widely reported that the …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-09-06). Congress Aims "Honest Ads" at the Alternative Media. globalresearch.ca Lee E. Goodman, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, completely misses the point in an op-ed posted at The Hill. | Goodman says a bill working its way through Congress, the Honest Ads Act, will fail to target …

Eds. (2019-09-06). Dissent is being criminalized right under our noses. mronline.org I read with interest a recent press release of Rep. Michael McCaul—the Republican incumbent in the Texas 10th Congressional District and my opponent in the 2018 election—in which he announced a new bill to respond to domestic terrorism. | Source

Janelle Velina (2019-09-06). "Peace" at Home on the Western Front, Exporting Terrorism Abroad: Social Antagonisms and the Contradictions of Capitalism. globalresearch.ca 'Freedom of speech' continues to be a very complicated subject matter that remains unresolved, especially in the context of geopolitics. To further complicate matters, very few realize that Liberalism (not to be confused with 'leftism') is actually the current world-dominating …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-09-06). Roaming Charges: Blood in the Eye of the Storm. counterpunch.org + Joe Biden, who is now claiming he opposed the Iraq War from Day One, (after speaking on the senate floor in favor of it and then voting for it) on September 9, 2003, 6 months after the first bombs fell on Baghdad. Fareed Zakaria: "You supported the war. Are you having any second thoughts?" Biden: More

Staff (2019-09-05). Hurricane Dorian Ravages the Bahamas. therealnews.com 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…

John V. Walsh (2019-09-05). Hands off Hong Kong: The Cry Seldom Heard. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

United Nations (2019-09-05). Thursday's Daily Brief: Facebook rallies against vaccination 'fake news', DPR Korea UN staff cuts call, Syria crop report, crisis funding and Dorian latest. un.org 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.

United Nations (2019-09-05). Crop yields are up in Syria, but higher prices still cause major strain: new UN report. un.org 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.

United Nations (2019-09-05). Sexual exploitation and abuse: latest UN quarterly update. un.org 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.

Staff (2019-09-05). After DNC Rejects Climate Debate, Candidates Discuss Green New Deal, Environmental Justice at Forum. democracynow.org 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.

Kate Aronoff (2019-09-04). Is OK Good Enough for an Incumbent in the Face of the Climate Crisis? theintercept.com 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.

United Nations (2019-09-04). Human rights are everyone's business, amid relentless crises around world: UN's Bachelet. un.org 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.

Staff (2019-09-04). Nigerian Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains Jailed for Calling for Peaceful Protests. democracynow.org 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…

2019-09-09: Social Media Postees

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A Secret US-Iran Deal over Oil Supplies to Syria
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-09
A secret deal has been set up between the US and Iran, through a third party, to enable the Iranian super tanker Adrian Darya 1 (formerly Grace 1) to deliver its 2.1 million barrels of oil to the Syrian government. …
globalresearch.ca/secret-us-iran-deal-oil-supplies-syria/5688575

US-Taliban No-Peace "Peace Talks"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-09
On Sunday, Pompeo called talks with the Taliban dead, no agreement forthcoming without "significant commitments" from its authorities. | On Saturday, Trump cancelled what he called secret talks with the Taliban and (US-installed Afghan puppet) president Ghani to be held separately …
globalresearch.ca/us-taliban-peace-talks/5688555

Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out for Sharing Critical, Accurate Information About Joe Biden
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2019-09-09
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena on September 7, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/biden_new_hampshire.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/09/why-dnc-vice-chair-bawled-me-out-sharing-critical-accurate-information-about-joe?cd-origin=rss

Climate Strike: Mill Valley, Marin County
Mill Valley activist groups | indybay.org | 2019-09-09
Plaza outside Mill Valley Book Depot & Cafe, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 | Mill Valley Seniors for Peace @ Camino Alto and Miller Avenue…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/07/18826071.php

PSL Public Forum: The Fight Against White Supremacy and Racist Violence
Jon Britton | indybay.org | 2019-09-09
San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/06/18826056.php

Trump Calls Off Peace Talks With Taliban
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-09
| This weekend, President Trump publicly called off a secret meeting at Camp David with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan that aimed to end the 18-year war, the longest in U.S. history. The United States and Taliban had appeared close to signing an agreement after holding nine rounds of talks in Doha, but the negotiations took a surprise turn when President Trump suggested a Camp David meeting that included Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had not been involved in the previous talks. For more, we go to Kabul to s…
truthout.org/video/trump-calls-off-peace-talks-with-taliban/

Trump breaks off talks on end to US war in Afghanistan
wsws.org | 2019-09-09
The US president announced that he had called off plans for a secret Camp David meeting with the Taliban and the Afghan president to conclude a peace deal.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/09/afgh-s09.html

The Taliban's Recent Kabul Attack Inadvertently Tanked the Afghan Peace Talks
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-09
Neither the Taliban nor the US wanted to throw away the unprecedented progress that's been made towards peace thus far, but pressure on both sides from within their own ranks and outside regrettably led to the suspension of the Afghan …
globalresearch.ca/taliban-kabul-attack-afghan-peace-talks/5688528

Trump Calls Off Peace Talks With Taliban
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-09
| This weekend, President Trump publicly called off a secret meeting at Camp David with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan that aimed to end the 18-year war, the longest in U.S. history. The United States and Taliban had appeared close to signing an agreement after holding nine rounds of talks in Doha, but the negotiations took a surprise turn when President Trump suggested a Camp David meeting that included Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had not been involved in the previous talks. For more, we go to Kabul to s…
truthout.org/video/trump-calls-off-peace-talks-with-taliban/

Protesters Call Out "Massacre Mitch" in Mountain View
More Laws Needed | indybay.org | 2019-09-09
On Monday, August 19, 2019 at the intersection of El Camino Real and Castro Street in Mountain View, California, protesters waved signs including one demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell act to prevent shooting massacres. They said that although nearly 40,000 Americans die every year from gun violence, our politicians–especially those bought out by the NRA–have refused to address the issue other than with their thoughts and prayers. | Photos by Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/08/18826084.php

Confronting Global Warming and Austerity
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-09
In the United States, proposals for a Green New Deal have been getting considerable attention in recent months as activists have pressed both members of Congress and Democratic presidential candidates to support aggressive measures to combat global warming. There clearly is much more that we can and must do in the immediate future to prevent enormous damage to the planet.
counterpunch.org/2019/09/09/confronting-global-warming-and-austerity/

Demonstrators for Medicare for All March on Office of Congresswoman Eshoo
Healthcare is a Human Right | indybay.org | 2019-09-09
On September 5, Santa Clara County Single Payer Coalition and National Nurses United led a protest that started with a march through downtown Palo Alto leading to the door of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. The Congresswoman has made it clear she is against eliminating for-profit insurance companies from our healthcare system and replacing them with a non-profit federal system. | Photos: Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/08/18826091.php

Guatemala Imposes Siege for 30 Days, Rights Groups Protest
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-09
Guatemala's Congress Saturday voted overwhelmingly to approve a temporary state of siege in six northeastern provinces, a measure designed to tighten security after several soldiers were killed by alleged drug traffickers. | RELATED: | Guatemalan President-Elect to Create New Anti-Corruption Body | The initiative passed after 88 lawmakers voted in favor while nine opposed it in the Central American country's unicameral legislature. | The 30-day state of siege imposes a night-time cur…
telesurenglish.net/news/guatemala-state-of-siege-jimmy-morales-20190909-0001.html

Demonstrators for Medicare for All March on Office of Congresswoman Eshoo
Healthcare is a Human Right | indybay.org | 2019-09-09
On September 5, Santa Clara County Single Payer Coalition and National Nurses United led a protest that started with a march through downtown Palo Alto leading to the door of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. The Congresswoman has made it clear she is against eliminating for-profit insurance companies from our healthcare system and replacing them with a non-profit federal system. | Photos: Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/08/18826091.php

Guatemala Imposes Siege for 30 Days, Rights Groups Protest
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-09
Guatemala's Congress Saturday voted overwhelmingly to approve a temporary state of siege in six northeastern provinces, a measure designed to tighten security after several soldiers were killed by alleged drug traffickers. | RELATED: | Guatemalan President-Elect to Create New Anti-Corruption Body | The initiative passed after 88 lawmakers voted in favor while nine opposed it in the Central American country's unicameral legislature. | The 30-day state of siege imposes a night-time cur…
telesurenglish.net/news/guatemala-state-of-siege-jimmy-morales-20190909-0001.html

"These Negotiations Have Not Been About the Afghan People": Trump Calls Off Peace Talks with Taliban
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-09
This weekend, President Trump publicly called off a secret meeting at Camp David with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan that aimed to end the 18-year war, the longest in U.S. history. The United States and Taliban had appeared close to signing an agreement after holding nine rounds of talks in Doha, but the negotiations took a surprise turn when President Trump suggested a Camp David meeting that included Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had not been involved in the previous talks. For more, we go to Kabul to speak with Ali Latifi, a freelance journalist; Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Cre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/9/afghanistan_peace_talks_taliban

Video: US Seeks to Destabilize Southern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-08
The US is seeking to reanimate insurgency in southern Syria. According to the pro-militant Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a number of Free Syrian Army commanders that fled Syria in 2018 are now working to form a new militant group, …
globalresearch.ca/video-us-seeks-destabilize-southern-syria/5688414

Foreign Correspondent: Will Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Reese Erlich | commondreams.org | 2019-09-08
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on April 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_afghan.jpg
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The Fight for Mauna Kea in Hawaii is Part of the Global Fight for Indigenous People
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-08
Native Hawaiians have been fighting against outside influences for sovereignty of their land, preservation of their culture, and respect for their identity since sugar planters and businessmen forced the abdication of Queen Liliuokalani in 1893. In many ways, the continued resistance to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in Hawaii is more than…
therealnews.com/stories/the-fight-for-mauna-kea-in-hawaii-is-part-of-the-global-fight-for-indigenous-people

How Trump Upended U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-08
The president calls off a meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David, blaming a car bomb that killed a U.S. service member and 11 others.
truthdig.com/articles/how-trump-upended-u-s-taliban-peace-talks/

The Other Americans: Colombia's Fragile Peace in Splinters
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-09-08
The renewal of armed struggle follows neglect of the peace process from the far right. "[President] Duque is taking advantage of the discourse of Donald Trump to put back in place repressive politics," a human rights defender says.
progressive.org/dispatches/colombias-fragile-peace-splinters-abbott-190908/

PSL Public Forum: The Fight Against White Supremacy and Racist Violence
Jon Britton | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/06/18826056.php

Climate Strike: Mill Valley, Marin County
Mill Valley activist groups | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
Plaza outside Mill Valley Book Depot & Cafe, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 | Mill Valley Seniors for Peace @ Camino Alto and Miller Avenue…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/07/18826071.php

Chile: Human Rights March Ends with Police Repression
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-08
A march for human rights that commemorates the victims of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) every September, ended Sunday with brutal police repression and riots in Chile's capital Santiago. | RELATED: | 49 years of Allende's Popular Victory: 1000 Days of Struggle | Demonstrators gathered on Sunday morning to go to the capital's General Cemetery, as part of a peace march called by the Chilean coordination of human rights organizations to mark the 46th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-Human-rights-March-Ends-with-Police-Repression-20190908-0013.html

US Will Lose More After Afghan Talks End Abruptly: Taliban
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-08
As a response to the United States President's decision to suddenly cancel Afghan peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Islamist group warned Sunday that this will only result in more "losses to the U.S." | RELATED: | Trump Scraps Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban Over Attack | A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, criticized Donald Trump for calling off t…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Will-Lose-More-After-Afghan-Peace-Talks-Abruptly-End-Taliban-20190908-0010.html

Sudanese Tribes Sign Peace Deal After Clashes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-08
Representatives of the Beni Amer and Nuba tribes in Sudan's Red Sea state signed a reconciliation deal Sunday under pressure from the country's most prominent military commander after clashes that triggered a state of emergency and left at least 16 dead last month. | RELATED: | Sudan Selects First Civilian Government in Decades | Sudan is embarking on a three-year transition after the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir in April and faces challenges including simmering…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudanese-Tribes-Sign-Peace-Deal-After-Clashes-20190908-0006.html

Afghan peace talks dead 'for the time being' & US won't enter any agreement — Pompeo
rt.com | 2019-09-08
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that peace negotiations with Afghanistan's Taliban are dead and that Washington will not enter any future agreement without "commitments" from the militants. | Appearing on a round of cable news shows Sunday morning, Pompeo told one of these, Fox News, that negotiations with the Taliban are dead "for the time being," adding that Washington is recalling its special envoy to Afghanistan to work out its next steps. Also appearing on CNN, Pompeo said that the US would not enter into any future agreement with the Taliban without "significant commitments" from the fighters,…
rt.com/usa/468355-pompeo-taliban-talks-dead/

Chile: Human Rights March Ends with Police Repression
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-08
A march for human rights that commemorates the victims of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) every September, ended Sunday with brutal police repression and riots in Chile's capital Santiago. | RELATED: | 49 years of Allende's Popular Victory: 1000 Days of Struggle | Demonstrators gathered on Sunday morning to go to the capital's General Cemetery, as part of a peace march called by the Chilean coordination of human rights organizations to mark the 46th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-Human-rights-March-Ends-with-Police-Repression-20190908-0013.html

Ex-S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford to Challenge Trump in Primary
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-08
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump, saying Sunday that he aims to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he tries to navigate a path to the presidency. | "I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in," Sanford said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday." "This is the beginning of a long walk." | When asked why he was taking on an incumbent who's popular within the party, Sanford, who has acknowledged his slim chances by saying he doesn't expect to become pre…
truthdig.com/articles/ex-s-c-gov-mark-sanford-to-challenge-trump-in-primary/

Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn's Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress
Aaron Freedman | theintercept.com | 2019-09-08
It's a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. | The towering 32-year-old veteran who's running for Congress in New York's 9th District, in the heart of Brooklyn, is walking with me down Flatbush Avenue, talking a mile a minute as he points to the luxury developments that have sprouted up amid the modest row homes and small shops of the Prospect Heights neighborhood. | "These used to be apartments for Caribbean American immigrants," he says in a deep, booming voice, his arms sweeping across an intersection dotted wi…
theintercept.com/2019/09/08/yvette-clark-isiah-james-new-york-primary/

Days Before Talks With Taliban and Peace Deal, Trump Publicly Calls Secret Meeting Off
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-08
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We will see roots reaching out for each other
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-09-07
Last week, Agence France-Presse got its hands on a draft UN report called Special Report on the Ocean and Cyrosphere in a Changing Climate. This 900-page document is study of the oceans for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body which won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/07/we-will-see-roots-reaching-out-for-each-other/

Trump Scraps Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban Over Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
United States President Donald Trump informed Saturday he canceled peace talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders after the group claimed the attack in Kabul that killed a U.S. soldier and 11 civilians. | RELATED: | 'We're Going to Always Have a Presence in Afghanistan': Trump | "If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks…then they probably don't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway," Trump said on Twitter. | The U.S. presiden…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Scraps-Afghan-Peace-Talks-With-Taliban-Over-Attack-20190907-0011.html

Trump lauds prisoner exchange between Russia & Ukraine as 'giant step to peace'
rt.com | 2019-09-07
US President Donald Trump has praised the prisoner swap between Moscow and Ukraine, congratulating the two countries for making such a move and naming it a "giant step to peace." | Earlier in the day, Russia surrendered 35 individuals to Ukraine that had been held in its prisons and detainment centers, receiving an equal amount of people in return. | Weighing in, Trump wrote that it was indeed a step forward. | Very good news, perhaps a first giant step to peace. Congratulations to both countries!
rt.com/usa/468261-trump-russia-ukraine-exchange/

Video: Syrian Army Prepares Security Operation in Western Aleppo
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
Late on September 3, Idlib militants carried out an attack on Russia's Hmeimim Airbase with armed unmanned aerial vehicles. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the airbase's air-defense forces intercepted all the UAVs. The attack caused no casualties or damage …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-prepares-security-operation-western-aleppo/5688238

Foreign Correspondent: Can Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
Don't hold your breath.
progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-trump-peace-afghanistan-erlich-190906/

Trump is going after Democrats' favorite lawfare tactic, AG Barr signals
rt.com | 2019-09-06
US President Donald Trump has already faced nearly 40 nationwide injunctions against his policies, issued by federal judges following complaints by Democrats. Now his Justice Department is saying it might move against the tactic. | Remember the "Muslim ban"? One of Trump's first executive actions was to suspend travel to the US from several Muslim-majority countries, only to see it immediately blocked by federal judges in Hawaii and California. The expanded and revised travel ban was eventually upheld by the US Supreme Court, but only after more than a year of litigation. | The same scenario has played out wit…
rt.com/usa/468220-barr-trump-injunctions-lawfare/

A US-Taliban Peace Deal Would Redefine the Regional Balance of Power
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
The tentative peace deal that the US is negotiating with the Taliban would redefine the regional balance of power if it's officially promulgated, thus continuing the ongoing trend of Great Power realignment in Eurasia. | It's been widely reported that the | …
globalresearch.ca/taliban-peace-deal-would-redefine-regional-balance-power/5688277

The Case Against the Zionist "Left"
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
Zionist historical revisionism constructs an erroneous presentation of Israel as accommodating a left-to-right political milieu, the left-flank of which amenable to a peaceful resolution of "the conflict", instead of recognizing the entirety of Zionism, including its "liberal" faction, as inherently white supremacist, settler colonialist and genocidal. The supposed left, "liberal" wing of Zionism, comprising Israeli political…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/the-case-against-the-zionist-left/

Congress Aims "Honest Ads" at the Alternative Media
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
Lee E. Goodman, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, completely misses the point in an op-ed posted at The Hill. | Goodman says a bill working its way through Congress, the Honest Ads Act, will fail to target …
globalresearch.ca/congress-aims-honest-ads-alternative-media/5688258

Joni Ernst Says the Quiet Part Loud
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-06
Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, just said out loud what Republican politicians usually only talk about in secret meetings with their billionaire donors: The GOP wants to cut our earned Social Security benefits–and they want to do it behind closed doors so that they don't have to pay the political price. | At a recent town hall, Ernst stated that Congress needs to "sit down behind closed doors" to "address Social Security." She vaguely asserted, "A lot of changes need to be made in this syst…
truthdig.com/articles/joni-ernst-says-the-quiet-part-loud/

"Peace" at Home on the Western Front, Exporting Terrorism Abroad: Social Antagonisms and the Contradictions of Capitalism
Janelle Velina | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
'Freedom of speech' continues to be a very complicated subject matter that remains unresolved, especially in the context of geopolitics. To further complicate matters, very few realize that Liberalism (not to be confused with 'leftism') is actually the current world-dominating …
globalresearch.ca/social-antagonisms-contradictions-capitalism/5688275

Dissent is being criminalized right under our noses
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-09-06
I read with interest a recent press release of Rep. Michael McCaul–the Republican incumbent in the Texas 10th Congressional District and my opponent in the 2018 election–in which he announced a new bill to respond to domestic terrorism. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/06/dissent-is-being-criminalized-right-under-our-noses/

Roaming Charges: Blood in the Eye of the Storm
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
+ Joe Biden, who is now claiming he opposed the Iraq War from Day One, (after speaking on the senate floor in favor of it and then voting for it) on September 9, 2003, 6 months after the first bombs fell on Baghdad. Fareed Zakaria: "You supported the war. Are you having any second thoughts?" Biden:…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/roaming-charges-blood-in-the-eye-of-the-storm/

Roaming Charges: Blood in the Eye of the Storm
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
+ Joe Biden, who is now claiming he opposed the Iraq War from Day One, (after speaking on the senate floor in favor of it and then voting for it) on September 9, 2003, 6 months after the first bombs fell on Baghdad. Fareed Zakaria: "You supported the war. Are you having any second thoughts?" Biden:…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/roaming-charges-blood-in-the-eye-of-the-storm/

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045682

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045732

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/hands-off-hong-kong-the-cry-seldom-heard/

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…
therealnews.com/stories/hurricane-dorian-ravages-the-bahamas

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045722