2019-09-16: News Headlines

William Astore (2019-09-16). The Ultra-Costly, Underwhelming F-35 Fighter: A Wasteful Weapon for America's Forever Wars. commondreams.org The F-35 isn't simply a product of the naked greed and power of the military-industrial-congressional complex. In a strange way, it also reflects the ongoing love affair Americans have had with weaponry of every sort. It's about, you might say, the 1.5 trillion ways we worship warplanes and everything they mean to us. (Photo: Forsvarsdepartementet/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/f-35_.jpeg

Sam Husseini (2019-09-16). Biden Taking Iraq Lies to the Max. counterpunch.org Presidential candidate Joe Biden is adding lies on top of lies to cover up his backing of the Iraq invasion. At last week's ABC/DNC debate Biden lied about his Iraq record, just like he did at the first two debates. In the July debate, Biden claimed: "From the moment 'shock and awe' started, from that moment, I was opposed to the effort, and I was outspoken as much as anyone at all in the Congress." More

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-09-16). Empires are a secret until they start falling. nationofchange.org In the past, we have written about the 2020s as a decade when the United States Empire will end. This is based on Alfred McCoy's predictions (listen to our interview with him on Clearing the FOG). Sociologist and peace scholar John Galtung believes US Empire will fall much faster, losing world dominance by 2020. Much of what he…

Mark Taliano (2019-09-16). The Barbarity of US-NATO, War Propaganda and the "Rule of International Law" globalresearch.ca Greetings delegates and organizers. My name is Mark Taliano. I am a writer and Research Associate at the Center For Research on Globalization (Global Research). | My book, Voices from Syria, and my website marktaliano.net represent my efforts to take …

Chris Hedges (2019-09-16). Our Invisible Government. truthdig.com There are two forms of government in the United States. There is the visible government—the White House, Congress, the courts, state legislatures and governorships—and the invisible government, or deep state, where anonymous technocrats, intelligence operatives, generals, bankers, corporations and lobbyists manage foreign and domestic policy regardless of which political party holds a majority. | The most powerful and important organs in the invisible government are the nation's bloated and unaccountable intelligence agencies. They are the vanguard of the invisible government. They oversee a vast "bla…

Michael Doliner (2019-09-16). Hot Stuff on the Afghan Peace Deal Snafu. counterpunch.org Do you want to know the real reason Trump canceled the peace talks with the Taliban? Okay, here's the hot poop. Our satellites detected goats. Yes, you read that correctly, goats, goats in goated communities. There was no mistake. Goats grazed on some of them there hills in Afghanistan. Now of course, goats, by themselves, More

Fight Back (2019-09-16). Chicago elected officials to join human rights delegation to Philippines Consulate. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On September 16, community, civil rights, faith-based and peace activists will join 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 33rd Ward Alderman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez and State Representative Jaime Andrade (40th District) in a delegation to the Consulate General of the Philippines, 11: 00 a.m.,122 S. Michigan Avenue. | The delegation will deliver a letter to Consul General Gina Jamoralin with regards to Brandon Lee, an American citizen who was shot in Ifugao, Philippines. Lee is a human rights activist and a native of San Francisco. | Lee was attacked by suspected elements of the 54th Infantry Batt…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-16). 'Saudi Arabia First': Trump Accused of Letting Saudis Dictate US Foreign Policy After Oil Facility Attack. commondreams.org "Congress will not give you the authority to start another disastrous war in the Middle East just because the brutal Saudi dictatorship told you to," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_saudis.jpg

Robert Reich (2019-09-16). Reasons for Optimism. commondreams.org In 2018 a record number of women, people of color, and LGBTQ representatives were elected to Congress, including the first Muslim women. (Photo: Steve Eason/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/democracy_0_0.jpeg

teleSUR (2019-09-15). AOC's Face Burned in Republican Party Video to Slam Socialism. telesurenglish.net The United States Congresswoman Ilhan Omar slammed a video aired during the Democratic Debate Thursday which showed her fellow Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez's burning face while a former congressional candidate spo…

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2019-09-15). In the wake of Netanyahu's racist campaigning, it's time for the world to hold the Israeli state to account. thecanary.co Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is running for re-election, and in a bid to strengthen his support he has promised to annex even more areas of the occupied West Bank. This would mean giving the Israeli state sovereignty over what is currently recognised as Palestinian territory. | "The nail in the coffin" for any hope of peace: | Netanyahu's latest move has been widely condemned. For many, it's not only detrimenta…

teleSUR (2019-09-15). Cuba, Uruguay, Nicaragua Reject TIAR Treaty Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The governments of Cuba, Uruguay and Nicaragua have strongly rejected the TIAR treaty activation against Venezuela, which could authorize the use of military force against Caracas government if the countries part of the treaty deemed it a threat to security or peace in the region. | RELATED: | Venezuelan FM Calls TIAR 'Dead', Denounces Its Activation | Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, denounced the embarrassing decision of activating TIAR as he called it "a poorly legally supported…

teleSUR (2019-09-15). Bolivia, Paraguay Agree to Join Forces to Stop Wildfires. telesurenglish.net A total of 5,500 men, 193 vehicles, 40 tanker trucks, 25 ambulances and 19 planes among other devices, including the sum of US$15 million donated by the Bolivian government and other US$2.2 million in international help, were to be mobilized in order to fight wildfires at the border between Paraguay and Bolivia, the governments in both states have announced. | RELATED: | Bolivian Indigenous People Join Efforts to Recover From Fires | Last week, the Paraguayan congress declared a…

Staff (2019-09-15). Jim Crow Steals Election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. truthout.org | | Stolen again. Democrat Dan McCready supposedly lost the special election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District to Republican Dan Bishop by less than 4,000 votes. However, racially biased vote suppression schemes easily account for the supposed GOP victory margin. | Under the violently partisan Elections Board chief Kim Strach (pronounced "Strake") — her husband was the attorney for the state's Republican Party — North Carolina targeted half a million voters (561,693) bas…

RT (2019-09-14). 'This is for dead babies!' Anti-vaccine protester douses California senators in 'menstrual blood'. rt.com The California state senate was forced to halt a session after lawmakers were doused with "menstrual blood" tossed from a balcony by a woman who says she was protesting vaccine laws. | A woman has been arrested for hurling a cup of what she claims was menstrual blood onto unsuspecting lawmakers in the middle of a legislative session on Friday, days after a bill further restricting the state's already strict vaccine exemptions was passed. The Capitol was packed with protesters opposing the new law, several of whom were allowed into the gallery. | t.co/dVqgS5TDZN[md…

RT (2019-09-14). Bolton resurrects pair of PACs to prop up Congress' top warmongers. rt.com Former National Security Advisor John Bolton has wasted no time relaunching his political action committees and endorsing five Republican congressmen, all of whom appear to love war almost as much as he does. | The John Bolton PAC has endorsed Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), and Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), along with Reps Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) and Lee Zeldin (R-New York), according to its first post-resurrection press release on Friday, which referred to the now-unemployed hawk as "Ambassador John Bolton" despite the fact that he has not held a diplomatic position in year…

teleSUR (2019-09-14). Taliban Delegation Travels to Russia as US Peace Talks Collapse. telesurenglish.net Afghanistan's Taliban have sent a delegation to Russia to seek international support to push for the withdrawal of United States troops following the collapse of talks with the U.S. this month, officials from the insurgent group said Saturday. | RELATED: | US Will Lose More After Afghan Peace Talks End Abruptly: Taliban | "The purpose of these visits is to inform leaders of these countries about the peace talks and President Trump's decision to call off the peace process at a…

Kathy Kelly (2019-09-13). A Morning in Afghanistan. dissidentvoice.org 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 the heat they push the steel blue veils back, revealing their faces. Most of the men …

RT (2019-09-13). O'Rourke reports Texas Republican to FBI over 'death threat' in tweet reacting to AR-15 ban. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke says he has forwarded a so-called "death threat" to the FBI, after Republican Congressman Briscoe Cain suggestively told the candidate his rifle was "ready" for him to confiscate. | Cain's tweet was the reaction to O'Rourke's declaration that "we're going to take your AR-15 and AK-47" during the presidential debate among Democrat contenders on Thursday in Houston. | On Friday morning, O'Rourke responded by informing the congressman that he interpreted his comment — effectively a play on "Molon Labe," or "come and take them" — as a threat to his life. | Th…

United Nations (2019-09-13). UN General Assembly celebrates 20 years of promoting a culture of peace. un.org Just as the greatest global challenges cannot be solved by a single country, peace cannot be pursued in isolation, outgoing UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa said on Friday.

Robert Mackey (2019-09-13). Creepy Republican Ad During Democratic Debate Attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. theintercept.com The strange Republican obsession with attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reached a new low in a commercial break during the Democratic presidential debate in Houston on Thursday night. | The widely reviled commercial, which aired on ABC and was paid for by donors to the GOP New Faces PAC, opened with a photograph of the young Latinx congresswoman's face being set on fire to reveal images of the 1970s genocide in Cambodia underneath. | The attack ad…

susan_p (2019-09-13). Former Colombian guerrillas rearm as government undermines peace accords. greenleft.org.au Colombian peace process James JordanIssue 1237 Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) FARC-EPSeptember 13, 2019A new phase of armed conflict in Colombia h…

Staff (2019-09-13). "Racism in America Is Endemic": Democratic Candidates Vow to Confront White Supremacy & Legacy of Slavery. democracynow.org During the third Democratic debate Thursday night, the discussion of race and racism got personal for former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, who brought up last month's El Paso massacre. He said the white gunman who killed 22 people, mostly Latinos, had driven to the border city "to kill people who look like me." Former Texas Congressmember Beto O'Rourke, who is from El Paso, said racism is endemic and foundational of the United States. He mentioned that this year will mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved African being brought to America, and promised he would create a slavery reparations commission.

Staff (2019-09-13). Headlines for September 13, 2019. democracynow.org Ten Candidates Square Off in Third Democratic Presidential Debate, Greenpeace Activists Rappel Off Houston Bridge, Halting Oil Shipments, 2.2 Million Somalis At Risk of Starvation Amid Massive Drought, 7 Million People Displaced by Extreme Weather in First Half of 2019, House Votes to Block Drilling in Alaskan Wildlife Refuge as Trump Admin Readies Lease Sales, New York Schools Won't Penalize Students Who Join Climate Strike, Trump Admin Repeals Rule Protecting Drinking Water of 100+ Million, Trump Admin Allows Michigan Trophy Hunter to Import Body Parts of Endangered Rhino, House Committee Opens Impeachment Proc…

Aída Chávez (2019-09-12). Senate Democrats Draft Pro Athlete Instagram Influencers Into Climate Fight. theintercept.com On Thursday, after a summer of extreme heat, the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis convened to hear from a group of people especially affected by climate change. They were not members of low-income communities or communities of color, people who have been hit by hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters. They were current and former professional athletes, appearing to testify on how climate change impacts winter sports and tourism industries. | The 10-member special committee, chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is tasked with investigating the impacts of climate change to develop the…

Staff (2019-09-12). UPDATED: Protesters Greet Trump in Baltimore Weeks After He Attacked City. therealnews.com Over one hundred demonstrators protested President Trump's visit to Baltimore on Thursday Sept 12th, the first of several planned demonstrations against a gathering of Congressional republicans at a ritzy waterfront resort. | Trump's visit came just weeks after he attacked the city in a series of incendiary tweets. He called Baltimore "rat infested" and "a place no one wants to live," and called local congressman Elijah Cummings a "racist" and a "failure." | As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings is leading probes into the Trump administration, as well as the Trump family's business dealings. | Pr…

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…

Eva Bartlett (2019-09-12). MintPress Sits Down with Russia's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova. mintpressnews.com 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 …

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.

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). 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.

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.

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…

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…

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).

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 …

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…

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.

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

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.

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.

Paul Dobson (2019-09-02). Venezuela Points Finger at Duque for Breakdown of Colombian Peace Process. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government also refuted accusations that it offers "refuge" to FARC-EP rebels.

ACLU (2019-08-19). Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him. aclu.org Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…

patrick (2019-08-13). BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution. bdsmovement.net BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Peace Action (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …