2019-09-12: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-12). Rep. Wilson: African Americans' issues get little attention in presidential race. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—On the eve of the third Democratic presidential debate, the co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus's legislative conference said she's "never satisfied" by the hopefuls' discussions of issues important to African Americans. And Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., isn't the only one. The five-day conference opened Sept. 11 with moments of silence in memory of the …

Staff (2019-09-12). House Votes to Bar Arctic Drilling; Senate Action Unlikely. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday voted to reinstate a decades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a largely symbolic move aimed at reversing a plan by President Donald Trump to drill in the pristine refuge. | The 225-193 vote comes as the Trump administration has begun planning to sell oil and gas leases in the remote refuge, home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and other species. An environmental impact analysis could be released soon. | The drilling was author…

Jonathan Cook (2019-09-12). Netanyahu Risks Triggering an Unwinnable War to Avoid Losing Election. counterpunch.org According to the Israeli media, two drones dispatched over Beirut late last month were intended to destroy Iranian-supplied equipment that would allow Hezbollah to manufacture precision-guided missiles. It was the first such Israeli attack on Lebanese soil since a ceasefire ended the 2006 war. Hezbollah and Israel have preferred to flex their muscles in neighbouring Syria, weakened after more than eight years of war. More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-09-12). The Globalization of War, America's "Long War" against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky. globalresearch.ca Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies…

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-12). Hostile UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Totally Disregards US-NATO Crimes against Humanity. globalresearch.ca Established on August 22, 2011, around six months after US launched aggression on the country, the so-called "Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (COI)" is mandated to investigate war-related human rights abuses. | Instead, it produced over …

WSWS (2019-09-12). Netanyahu pledges to annex Jordan Valley if re-elected. wsws.org Israel has illegally occupied and built settlements in the West Bank, as well as in Syria's Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, since capturing them in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Eva Bartlett (2019-09-12). MintPress Sits Down with Russia's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova. mintpressnews.com Mark Taliano (2019-09-12). Assad Government Saves Christianity in Syria. globalresearch.ca Syria is being reborn, and its religious pluralism is being resurrected, sometimes literally from the ashes. | The ancient town of Maaloula, where Aramaic, the language of Christ, is still spoken, where St. Takla miraculously cured the sick, where NATO's takfiri …

Kathy Kelly (2019-09-12). A Morning in Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca On a very warm September morning in Kabul, several dozen men, women, and children sit on the carpeted floor of a room at the Afghan Peace Volunteers' Borderfree Center. The women cluster together. All wear burqas, but because of …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-09-12). Observe 9/11 Anniversary by Calling for an End to the Afghan War. globalresearch.ca 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 …

commondreams (2019-09-12). California Senate Passes Bill to Stop Facial Recognition in Police Body Cameras as Momentum Grows at Local, State, and Federal Level. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-09-12). Equity Firms and Venture Capitalists Lobby to Save Surprise Medical Bills. truthout.org | | As proposals to ban surprise medical bills move through Congress and state legislatures with rare bipartisan support, physician groups have emerged as the loudest opponents. | Often led by doctors with the veneer of noble concern for patients, physician-staffing firms — third-party companies that employ doctors and assign them out to health care facilities — have opposed efforts to limit the practice known as balance billing. They claim such bans would rob doctors of their lev…

WSWS (2019-09-12). Corbyn addresses Trades Union Congress in a display of cynicism and hypocrisy. wsws.org Corbyn might believe that the support of the trade unions can be spun as a pro-worker endorsement, but millions know better.

Dan Bacher (2019-09-12). Feinstein, Costa Support Weakening of CA Bill Blocking Trump Rollbacks of Environmental Regulations. indybay.org 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."

Laila Lalami (2019-09-12). Congressional Races Are Our Best Shot at Gun Control. thenation.com Congressional Races Are Our Best Shot at Gun Control…

teleSUR (2019-09-12). Thousands Demand Justice for Killed Protesters in Sudan. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Sudanese protested outside the presidential palace in Khartoum Thursday, calling for the appointment of senior judicial officials and justice for demonstrators killed since December. | RELATED: | Sudanese Tribes Sign Peace Deal After Clashes | It was the first major protest since the signature last month of a power-sharing deal between the military and…

teleSUR (2019-09-12). Venezuela: Military Exercises Against Colombian Aggression. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro launched the "Sovereignty and Peace 2019" military exercises along the Colombian border on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Venezuela Denounces OAS Intention to Activate TIAR | "As of today # 10Sep, the 'Sovereignty and Peace 2019' border military exercises begin so that together, in the Civic-Military union, we can deploy all the defensive systems that guarantee the peace and tranquility of the Venezuelan people," said President Maduro via twitter. | On September 4,…

Joshua Cho (2019-09-12). On 18th Anniversary of 9/11, Media Worry About 'Premature' End to Afghan War. commondreams.org Not only do corporate media credulously assume that the US has always been interested in peace, conveniently forgetting that the US rejected offers from the Taliban to hand Osama bin Laden over and surrender soon after the invasion. (Photo: US Marine Corps/Sgt. Mark Fayloga) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

PIPER (2019-09-12). Why I'm Currently Blocking the Largest Oil Export Channel in the U.S. commondreams.org We're in a climate emergency and we must resist. (Photo: Twitter/Greenpeace USA) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-09-12). Colombian Teachers Begin National Strike for Peace and Life. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) began Thursday a 24-hour national strike to protest against insecurity, violence and threats affecting social leaders and teachers. | RELATED: | Colombia Hides Largest Mass Grave in Latin America | "From different parts of the country, union leaders, educators and students demand the defense of the life and physical integrity of social leaders and ratify their support for the peace process," Fecode president Nelson Alarcon said and add…

Staff (2019-09-12). Headlines for September 12, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Denies Protected Status to Bahamians as 2,500 Listed as Missing, Supreme Court Allows Trump's Asylum Ban to Take Effect, "I Don't Want to Die": Honduran Teen with Cystic Fibrosis Says Deportation Would Kill Him, 37-Year-Old Mexican Man Dies in ICE Custody, the 8th Such Death This Fiscal Year, Reporters Barred from Secretive Immigration Tent Courts on Southern Border, Sacklers Would Remain Billionaires & Admit No Wrongdoing Under Tentative Opioid Settlement, Trump Says FDA Will Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes, U.N. Investigators Say U.S.-Led Forces Committed War Crimes in Syria, Skyrocketing Violence Continues Ahea…

The Canary (2019-09-12). Brexit legal challenge dismissed in Belfast High Court. thecanary.co A legal challenge that argued the government's Brexit strategy will damage the North of Ireland peace process has been dismissed.Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey delivered his ruling at Belfast's High Court on Thursday morning on three joined cases against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's handling of the UK's departure from the European Union.The trio of challenges contended that a no-deal Brexit on October 31 would undermine agreements involving the UK and Irish governments that were struck during the peace process and which underpin cross-border co-operation between the two nations.But the judge, in his written rul…

George Ochenski (2019-09-11). The Imperative to Restore Congressional Powers. counterpunch.org 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 be hard to find a more conservative member of Congress than Utah's Republican Sen. Mike Lee. This is the guy More

Robert Mackey (2019-09-11). Netanyahu Hints Trump Peace Plan Will Allow Israel to Annex Key West Bank Territory. theintercept.com 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.

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-09-11). The War in Eastern Ukraine May be Coming to an End but Do Any Americans Care? dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Ron Jacobs (2019-09-11). Is Killing Peasants Protecting America's Interests? counterpunch.org 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 More

Andrew Bacevich (2019-09-11). Reflections on "Peace" in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org 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 More

Ceren Sagir (2019-09-11). Netanyahu election promise: Annex part of West Bank "in coordination" with U.S. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Staff (2019-09-11). Over a Hundred Arrested Resisting one of the World's Largest Arms Fairs. therealnews.com 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.

United Nations (2019-09-11). Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Appalling' conditions in Syria camp, precarious SDG progress, South Sudan, Palestine refugees and mining in Mongolia. un.org 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.

United Nations (2019-09-11). UN report on Syria conflict highlights inhumane detention of women and children. un.org 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.

Norman Solomon (2019-09-11). Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out. counterpunch.org 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 More

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-09-11). Revive the True Spirit of Constitutionality and Federalism in India: Article 370. counterpunch.org 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 More

Andrea Arroyo (2019-09-11). 9/11: Honor, Remember, Build Peace. thenation.com 9/11: Honor, Remember, Build Peace.

Staff (2019-09-11). Headlines for September 11, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Ousts National Security Adviser John Bolton, Palestinians Say Annexation of West Bank Would Be "Paramount to a War Crime", Scottish Court Declares Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Ahead of Brexit "Unlawful", Japan Warns Radioactive Water from Fukushima to Be Dumped into Pacific Ocean, Republicans Win Two Special Congressional Elections in North Carolina, Study: 1,700 Polling Places Have Closed Since Gutting of Voting Rights Act, California Votes to Force Gig Companies to Treat Contract Workers Like Employees, Number of Uninsured Americans Jumps to 27.5 Million, CDC Warns Against Vaping Use as Sixth User D…

Kathy Kelly (2019-09-11). A Morning in Afghanistan. progressive.org Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism, and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace.

Joshua Cho (2019-09-11). On 18th Anniversary of 9/11, Media Worry About 'Premature' End to Afghan War. fair.org 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…

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…

RT (2019-09-10). Publishers beg Congress to save them from extinction at the hands of Big Tech. rt.com 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…

Staff (2019-09-10). With Bolton Out, Will Trump Give Peace a Chance? therealnews.com 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…

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.

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

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.

United Nations (2019-09-10). Tuesday'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). '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). '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".

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.

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…