2019-09-10: News Headlines

Kenneth Good (2019-09-10). The Brutality of Robert Mugabe and Zanu-Pf In Zimbabwe. counterpunch.org The independence elections, 27-29 March 1980, saw two main parties competing: ZANU-PF won 57 of the then 80 common roll seats, and 63% of the popular vote; and PF-ZAPU led by Joshua Nkomo gained 20 seats and 24% of the vote. It was clear that ZANU-PF controlled the ZANLA guerrillas whose 'presence was felt in over two-thirds of the country', mostly in the Shona-speaking regions, and there was no doubt that 'peace meant a ZANU-PF victory.' Turnout was a huge 91% of eligible voters. But participation fell to 54% in 1990, ZANU-PF having engulfed ZAPU after December 1987, and fell further to 31% in 1996. A deep and r…

RT (2019-09-10). War and whiskers: Freshly-resigned John Bolton gets meme-roasting. rt.com US National Security Advisor John Bolton's departure from the Trump administration has been met with a mix of joy from the MAGA crowd and protests from dedicated neocons, but also with an avalanche of memes. | President Donald Trump announced Bolton's dismissal by tweet on Tuesday, saying he had "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions," presumably meaning his advocacy for military-enforced regime change in Syria, Venezuela, North Korea and Iran. Bolton insisted that he attempted to resign before Trump's announcement. | Reaction flowed in swiftly, with some commenters in the media lamenting the war-haw…

teleSUR (2019-09-10). Kamala Harris Apologizes After Backlash From Disabled Community. telesurenglish.net United States Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris was slammed over the weekend for her response to a man whose words were offensive to people with disabilities during an event in New Hampshire. | RELATED: | Progressives Criticize Kamala Harris's Pro-Business 'Medicare for All' Plan | The audience at the…

South Front (2019-09-10). Video: Turkey Expands Its Military Presence in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey is increasing its military presence in northern Syria. | On September 8, Turkish and US forces carried out a first joint patrol east of the Euphrates in the framework of the 'safe zone' agreement recently reached by Ankara and Washington. …

Sarah Abed (2019-09-10). Damascus Strongly Condemns US-Turkish Joint Military Patrols in Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca On Sunday, six military vehicles from Akcakale district in southeast Sanliurfa in Turkey, crossed the border into Syria and joined a US military convoy in carrying out joint military ground patrols from Tel Abyad, Al Raqqa governorate to Ras Al …

Sarah Abed (2019-09-10). Denmark Announces Increased Military Contributions and NATO Support in Syria and Beyond. globalresearch.ca Denmark is recognized as one of the most socially and economically developed countries in the world, which enjoys a high standard of living as well as high metrics in national performance, protection of civil liberties, and the lowest perceived level …

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-10). Netanyahu Cries Wolf About a Nonexistent Iranian Nuclear Threat — Again. globalresearch.ca Nuclear armed and dangerous Israel is a global menace, an indisputable fact. | It maintains unlawful stockpiles of chemical, biological, and other terror weapons as well. | The world community and establishment media remain silent about its existential threat to regional peace …

John Nichols (2019-09-10). North Carolina's Revote Today Is a Win for Democracy. thenation.com North Carolina's Revote Today Is a Win for Democracy…

teleSUR (2019-09-10). Carrie Lam Rejects US Sanctions Bill on Hong Kong. telesurenglish.net Hong Kong Chief Carrie Lam condemned Tuesday the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act", which is being proposed in the U.S. Congress by Senator Marco Rubio, and is expected to pass with bipartisan support. The bill would mandate the U.S. to take economic measures against Hong Kong. | RELATED: | Hong Kong Protestors Ask Trump For US Intervention | At a press conference on Tuesday, Hong Kong lead…

The Canary (2019-09-10). Labour promises big expansion of employment rights. thecanary.co Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised to put power "in the hands of workers" under plans for a big expansion of employment rights. | He announced that a Labour government would establish a Ministry for Employment Rights, saying it would herald the biggest extension of rights for workers ever seen in the UK. | The aim is to deliver better wages, greater security and give workers more of a say over how their workplaces are run, he told the TUC Congress in Brighton. | Labour was on the side of the people against the "born-to-rule establishment" represented by prime minister Boris Johnson, he told delegates. | He…

Healthcare is a Human Right (2019-09-10). 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.

Ryan Grim (2019-09-10). Jon Ossoff Is Back: "I'm Still Standing and I'm Ready to Fight" theintercept.com Ossoff, a Democrat who narrowly lost a Georgia congressional special election in 2017 — the most expensive House race of all time — starts the race as a frontrunner.

More Laws Needed (2019-09-10). 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.

Staff (2019-09-10). Observe 9/11 Anniversary by Calling for an End to the Afghan War. truthout.org | | On the eve of the 18-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the illegal U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban completed nine rounds of peace talks with no deal. | Although they had reportedly reached an agreement in principle, Donald Trump insisted on a secret meeting at Camp David with the Taliban and the puppet Afg…

United Nations (2019-09-10). 'All efforts must be made' to ensure peaceful elections for Guinea-Bissau, Security Council hears. un.org Since the inauguration of Guinea-Bissau's new Government in July, the political arena has been dominated by preparation for presidential elections, the assistant chief for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa told the Security Council on Tuesday, briefing members on the state of the nation, and the UN peacebuilding office there (UNIOGBIS).

United Nations (2019-09-10). Nicaragua 'crisis' still cause for concern amid murder, torture allegations: Bachelet. un.org Nicaragua's on-going human rights crisis can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, the UN's top rights official said on Tuesday, before expressing concern about allegations of torture and murder of protesters involved in last year's anti-Government demonstrations.

John V. Walsh (2019-09-10). "Hands Off Hong Kong" — The Cry that Seldom Is Heard. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-09-10). Colombian Teachers to Go On National Strike in Defense of Life. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) called a 24-hour nationwide strike on September 12 to protest against the "serious situation of insecurity" that this South American country is experiencing. | RELATED: | Colombia: Special Jurisdiction for Peace Announces 650 New Applications | "The protest aims at defending life and physical integrity of teachers, union and social leaders and rejecting all forms of violence in this country wherever they come from."

Negin Owliaei, Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson (2019-09-10). Activists Follow the Money Fueling Amazon Fires. commondreams.org Amazon Watch, a California-based organization that works in concert with indigenous and environmental groups, issued a report earlier this year documenting the dozens of companies that stand to make money as Bolsonaro strips regulations in Brazil. (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Greenpeace) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-10). The Russia-Ukraine Prisoner Swap: A Path to Peace and Rapprochement? globalresearch.ca The Russian-Ukrainian prisoner swap proves that some degree of goodwill exists on both sides towards the other after Zelensky's historic election and recent clinching of a parliamentary majority, thus making it more likely that they'll continue down the path of …

United Nations (2019-09-10). Monday's Daily Brief: Afghanistan 'direct talks' needed, Nicaragua rights crisis, Bangladesh monsoon and Libya detainees latest, Dorian update. un.org A recap of Monday's top stories: All Afghans must participate in peace process; Nicaragua's rights crisis can be resolved says Bachelet; Rohingya refugees impacted by monsoon rains; Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda; and multiple donors show solidarity with the Bahamas.

United Nations (2019-09-10). 'Whole spectrum of Afghan society' must get behind peace talks, UN envoy tells Security Council. un.org The long Afghan conflict can only be resolved by "direct talks" between its own people, the chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told the Security Council on Tuesday, underscoring that they must be inclusive and represent "the whole spectrum of Afghan society".

teleSUR (2019-09-10). Colombia Hides Largest Mass Grave in Latin America. telesurenglish.net Colombia has been hiding the fact that it has Latin America's largest mass graves according to a recent finding by the country's war crimes tribunal. It also said that Colombia may have been falsifying homicide rates for propaganda. | RELATED: | Brazil: 8 Bodies Found in Secret Mass Grave Used by Rio Militia | The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP)…

C√©sar Chelala (2019-09-10). 9/11: A Day that Changed the World. commondreams.org While it is easy to create enemies, it is much harder to understand the "other", a necessary approach if we wish to eliminate conflict and honor the desire for peace and security of all people in the world. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-10). Plan to Release Radioactive Fukushima Wastewater Into Pacific Ocean Panned by Critics. commondreams.org The far-reaching dangers of nuclear power were on full display Tuesday as Japan's environmental minister recommended releasing more than one million tons of radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi plant into the Pacific Ocean, nearly a decade after a tsunami caused a meltdown at the coastal facility. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-09). Federal workers continue to defend rights vs. Trump, in Congress and in court. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—It says something about Republican President Donald Trump's hatred of the two million federal workers he supposedly supervises, and their unions, that the unions are still defending themselves, their members, and other federal workers in Congress and in the courts against his attempts to break them—after almost a year and a half. In one …

unitedEditor (2019-09-09). Safe zone in Syria, Trump and the Taliban, Maduro vs. Guaido. uwidata.com Safe zone in Syria On Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of attempting to use the creation of a security zone in northeastern Syria, not for Ankara's sake, but in order to protect the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS) operating in the area. Turkey sees the SDS and the Kurdish units of …

United Nations (2019-09-09). Political solutions 'prerequisite to sustainable peace', Lacroix tells Security Council. un.org While peacekeeping is an "essential tool" for preventing conflict and reducing the risk of relapse, "political solutions are a prerequisite to sustainable peace", the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday.

teleSUR (2019-09-09). Colombia: Special Jurisdiction for Peace Announces 650 New Applications. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) announced Monday it is processing over 650 applications by those who participated in the country's 50-year conflict. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects 'Lies' published by Colombian Outlet | JEP president, Patricia Linares, told reporters that of the 657 total applications for help through the special court, 540 submission requests were delivered by civil third parties and the remaining 117 by state agencies. | Linares also said that the case…

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…

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…

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,…

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.

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!

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

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

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

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.