UN report on Syria conflict highlights inhumane detention of women and children
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-11
As the people of north-west Syria face intensifying violence, tens of thousands of women and children continue to be kept in "inhumane conditions" in a remote camp on the other side of the country, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Wednesday.
Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Appalling' conditions in Syria camp, precarious SDG progress, South Sudan, Palestine refugees and mining in Mongolia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-11
A recap of Wednesday's top stories: 'Inhumane conditions' in Syria's Al Hol camp worsening; SDG progress risks going backward; food insecurity in South Sudan; Arab League petitioned to support Palestine refugees; and mining in Mongolia should boost development.
Much "Foreign Aid" Is Taxpayer-Funded Plundering of the Global South
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-11
| "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." That 1840 slogan seems to be the modus operandi of President Trump when thwarted by Congress. Trump has tried twice to cut foreign aid not just for humanitarian causes, but to nations balking at being U.S. puppets. | His first effort was in August 2018 when Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Offi…
Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
The man quickly identified himself as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He didn't need to tell me that he was hopping mad. Ken Martin was angry that my colleagues and I were handing out a flier — providing some inconvenient facts about Joe Biden — to delegates and activists as they entered…
A Morning in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | commondreams.org | 2019-09-11
Habib (standing, left) serves fruit at a meeting for parents at a "Street Kids School" meeting. Six years ago, Afghan Peace Volunteers members befriended Habib after his father had been killed when a bomb exploded in Kabul. His colleague Masoma is in the background. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/parents_meeting.jpeg …
Netanyahu election promise: Annex part of West Bank "in coordination" with U.S
Ceren Sagir | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-11
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's promise to annex a third of the West Bank after the general election was globally condemned yesterday as a "burial of peace." Netanyahu promised "Jewish sovereignty" over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea "in coordination" with the U.S. if he is returned to office next week. "We haven't had …
9/11: Honor, Remember, Build Peace
Andrea Arroyo | thenation.com | 2019-09-11
9/11: Honor, Remember, Build Peace.
On 18th Anniversary of 9/11, Media Worry About 'Premature' End to Afghan War
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-09-11
by Joshua Cho | On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the illegal US occupation of Afghanistan continues as the longest overseas war in American history. Although President Donald Trump recently declared that peace negotiations over the withdrawal of US troops with the Taliban are "dead," reportedly because of the death of a US soldier from a suicide bomb attack in Kabul last week, the status of future negotiations…
Is Killing Peasants Protecting America's Interests?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
The war drags on. There is no end in sight. Peace negotiations are thwarted again. Republicans and Democrats alike appear in the press decrying the possibility of the enemy coming to talk peace and staying at Camp David. Personally, I was surprised by the Camp David aspect of the story only because I figured Trump…
Reflections on "peace" in Afghanistan
Andrew J. Bacevich | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-11
When the conflict that the Vietnamese refer to as the American War ended in April 1975, I was a U.S. Army captain attending a course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In those days, the student body at any of our Army's myriad schools typically included officers from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). Since …
Netanyahu Hints Trump Peace Plan Will Allow Israel to Annex Key West Bank Territory
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-11
Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that his friend Jared Kushner's Mideast plan would give him the green light to annex nearly a quarter of the occupied West Bank.
The War in Eastern Ukraine May be Coming to an End but Do Any Americans Care?
Jeremy Kuzmarov | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-11
On Saturday September 7, Russia and Ukraine agreed to a prisoner swap which has brought hope of improved relations between the two countries and an end to the 5-year long conflict in Eastern Ukraine. A peace accord is being planned for later this month in Normandy involving Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany. Ukraine's newly elected …
Over a Hundred Arrested Resisting one of the World's Largest Arms Fairs
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-11
Hundreds of protesters gathered in East London at one of the world's largest arms fairs seeking to peacefully prevent the Defence and Security Equipment International from going ahead as usual.
Reflections on "Peace" in Afghanistan
Andrew Bacevich | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
When the conflict that the Vietnamese refer to as the American War ended in April 1975, I was a U.S. Army captain attending a course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In those days, the student body at any of our Army's myriad schools typically included officers from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). Since…
Revive the True Spirit of Constitutionality and Federalism in India: Article 370
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
The process of nationalist self-imagining in India is likely to remain in a nebulous state so long as the destiny of regional politicians is etched by the calligrapher in New Delhi and determined by maneuvers in the murky den of centralized federalism. Will the BJP and Congress quit stalling the revival of the true spirit…
Members of Congress, Argentinian and US Groups Call on OPIC to reject financing for fracking in Argentina
commondreams.org | 2019-09-11
Feinstein, Costa Support Weakening of CA Bill Blocking Trump Rollbacks of Environmental Regulations
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-09-11
John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA), took issue with the contention of Senator Feinstein and Congressmen Costa, Garamendi, Harder and Cox that SB 1 "would prevent the state from incorporating the latest science and other information in permitting decisions." | "That letter cites new science on species that won't be used if SB 1 goes into effect," said McManus. "This Is completely false. SB 1 would allow the state to review and revise any of the species protections adopted. The state would be able to use any and all science to protect its wildlife."
The Imperative to Restore Congressional Powers
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
You have to give President Trump credit for one thing — he has so abused executive authority that even the most conservative members of Congress are now clamoring to restore our vital constitutionally-established checks and balances. It would hard to find a more conservative member of Congress than Utah's Republican Sen. Mike Lee. This is the guy who…
A Morning in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-09-11
Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism, and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace.
US Forces May Have Committed War Crimes in Syria: UN Report
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-11
The conflict, now in its ninth year, "continues to torment civilians who bear the brunt of hostilities" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/syria-us-war-crimes-un-report.jpg …
War and whiskers: Freshly-resigned John Bolton gets meme-roasting
rt.com | 2019-09-10
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…
Nicaragua 'crisis' still cause for concern amid murder, torture allegations: Bachelet
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
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.
With Bolton Out, Will Trump Give Peace a Chance?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-10
Former State Dept. official Matthew Hoh says he supports the removal of National Security Advisor John Bolton, who advocated for war and the interests of the military industrial complex…
'All efforts must be made' to ensure peaceful elections for Guinea-Bissau, Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
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).
The Brutality of Robert Mugabe and Zanu-Pf In Zimbabwe
Kenneth Good | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-10
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…
'Whole spectrum of Afghan society' must get behind peace talks, UN envoy tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
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".
Tuesday's Daily Brief: Afghanistan 'direct talks' needed, Nicaragua rights crisis, Bangladesh monsoon and Libya detainees latest, Dorian update
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
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.
Jon Ossoff Is Back: "I'm Still Standing and I'm Ready to Fight"
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-09-10
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.
Bahamians Could Be Denied US Entry Due to Migration Policy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-10
Hundreds of Bahamian evacuees currently in Nassau, Great Abaco, and Florida expressed Monday their intentions of migrating to the United States due to the scarce probability of reconstruction and unlikely effective action from authorities in their homeland, yet due to Donald Trump's anti-migrant policy their plans might face obstacles. | RELATED: | The Bahamas Keeps Up Search of Dorian-Devastated Island | Some members of the U.S. Congress demand that visa requirements be set aside so a…
Labour promises big expansion of employment rights
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-10
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…
Publishers beg Congress to save them from extinction at the hands of Big Tech
rt.com | 2019-09-10
Newspaper executives are begging Congress to rescue their business model from predatory tech platforms, urging lawmakers to pass a bill that will allow them to bargain collectively and presumably restore their former glory. | Seven major newspaper publishers are lobbying for the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which would give the newspaper industry four years of immunity from antitrust laws. That would enable them to bargain collectively with companies like Google and Facebook — which are, ironically, subject to several antitrust probes of their own, due to their outsize presence in the tech…
North Carolina's Revote Is a Win for Democracy
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-09-10
North Carolina's Revote Is a Win for Democracy…
Safe zone in Syria, Trump and the Taliban, Maduro vs. Guaido
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-09
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 …
Political solutions 'prerequisite to sustainable peace', Lacroix tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-09
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.
"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…
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…
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.
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…
Foreign Correspondent: Can Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
Don't hold your breath.
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 …
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.