Daily Archives: September 22, 2019

2019-09-22: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-22). Venezuela's Maduro Attempts a Separate Peace with Part of Opposition. therealnews.com As tensions increase between the Maduro government and the US-supported opposition, Maduro signed an agreement with smaller opposition parties against sanctions and in favor of deescalation…

South Front (2019-09-22). Video: Russia Gave Syria 'Green Light' to Use the S-300 Air Defense System. globalresearch.ca On September 19, the Syrian Air Defense Forces shot down an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the town of Aqraba, south of Damascus. Pro-government sources claim that the intercepted UAV was likely operated by Israel. | On August 25, two …

Rene Sonsmann (2019-09-22). The C.E.O> – A Fun Poem. indybay.org BY RENE SONSMANN. SET: The play takes place in Heaven. The set is a bare stage. The stage is lit with a warm ethereal light. God is bathed in a strong spot light at all times. CHARACTERS: God and Adrian, a recently deceased arrival in Heaven. God is middle-aged, clean shaven, dressed in a bright Hawaiian shirt and pale blue chinos.

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-22). A Game-Changing China-Pakistan Proposal for the Afghan Peace Process. globalresearch.ca The time has arrived for China and Pakistan to take the lead in reviving the frozen Afghan peace process and replacing the US' leading role in it by unveiling a joint developmental plan to be implemented in the war-torn country …

Exploritorium (2019-09-22). International Peace Day: Exploratorium Community Day with Free and Reduced Rates. indybay.org Exploratorium, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, 94111…

Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (2019-09-22). Climate Week: Faith in Our Future: Interfaith Conversation on Climate Change (Santa Cruz). indybay.org Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

Interfaith Council of Rossmoor (2019-09-22). International Day of Peace: "One Voice" Interfaith Choir Documentary (Walnut Creek). indybay.org Fireside Room of Rossmoor Gateway Center | 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94595…

Staff (2019-09-22). Trump Threatens to Veto First Ever Congressional Action on "Forever Chemicals" truthout.org | | A handful of multibillion-dollar chemical companies have waged war on our bodies and our environment for nearly 70 years without our knowledge or consent. Although the federal government — tasked with protecting the public and upholding the law [m…

Staff (2019-09-22). The Trump Administration Is Creating Chaos in the Bureau of Land Management. truthout.org | | With a vague plan that keeps changing as officials describe it — and no guarantees that Congress would fully fund their relocations — the employees were being detailed to distant locations in the West like Grand Junction, Colorado, and Reno, Nevada. Many career staff saw the move as part of a wider Trump administration effort to drive federal employees out of their jobs. Acting White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney has described that approach as a "wonderful way to stream…

Staff (2019-09-22). The Trump Administration Is Throwing Yet Another Agency Into Chaos. truthdig.com ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. | Early this month, workers at the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management gathered to discuss a Trump administration plan that would force some 200 people to uproot their lives or find other jobs. | With a vague plan that keeps changing as officials describe it — and no guarantees that Congress would fully fund their relocations — the employees were being detailed to distant loc…

Roger D. Harris (2019-09-21). On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback. mintpressnews.com Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.

teleSUR (2019-09-21). Argentina: Cristina Fernandez Goes to Trial Again Amid Campaign. telesurenglish.net Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio on Friday asked Argentine's Senate to take away Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's legislative immunity in order to put the lawmaker in preventive dentention for alleged connections to the "Notebooks" corruption case. | RELATED: | Argentina Opinion Poll: Progressives Set for First Round Victory | For the second time in less tha…

teleSUR (2019-09-21). Stiglitz on Argentina: 'Neoliberal Experiment Has Failed'. telesurenglish.net Only a few days after Argentina's Congress voted to extend the Food and Nutrition Emergency (EAN) bill, professor and Nobel Prize winner in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, talked about the critical situation that the South American country faces as a consequence of a President Mauricio Macri's "failed economic formula" of neoliberalism for the nation. | RELATED: | Argentina's Unemployment Highest in 14 Years | "Macri bet wrong and now the country is paying a high price for the mistake," the 2001 Nobe…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-21). Reiterating Call for Impeachment, Warren Accuses Congress of Complicity in Trump's Continued Abuses. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-09-20). The Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan: Is Community Engagement the Key? dissidentvoice.org I have just read a superb book by Mark Isaacs, an Australian who has documented several years of effort by a group of incredibly committed young people in Afghanistan to build peace in that war-torn country the only way it can be built: by learning, living and sharing peace. The book, titled The Kabul Peace …

RT (2019-09-20). SHOCKER! Area 51 raid FLOPS as bunch of YouTubers chat up guards instead of running to 'see them aliens' (PHOTOS). rt.com A viral prank that promised to see two million alien hunters breach the gates of Area 51 has ended with a whimper instead of a bang, drawing only a few dozen enthusiasts for the much-anticipated 'raid.' | Initially a mock Facebook event, "Storm Area 51" quickly became a phenomenon that garnered interest from hundreds of thousands of netizens, who signed up to blaze past police and military guards to "see them aliens" at the top-secret Nevada facility. Some celebrities who'd promised to join in heated up the memeful event even more, while the authorities tried to pour cold water on even the idea of a peaceful a…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-09-20). The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That's OK. theintercept.com At the start of this year, more than 600 environmental groups — including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Sunrise Movement — sent a letter to Congress saying they will "vigorously oppose" federal climate legislation that promotes "corporate schemes" like carbon-capture and storage. | Congress was not chastened. This past July, tucked in the Senate's $287 billion highway reauthorization bill, was a bipartisan measure to support carbon-ca…

Staff (2019-09-20). Activists Face Felony Charges for Blocking Houston Oil Tanker Corridor. therealnews.com Under a new law backed by Big Oil and passed in statehouses nationwide, Greenpeace USA activists face felony charges for the action. Texas is the second state to bring such charges under the "critical infrastructure" law…

Hiroyuki Hamada (2019-09-20). In Defense of Cory Morningstar's Manufacturing for Consent Series. dissidentvoice.org Good investigative journalism doesn't only reveal hidden mechanisms of our time; it also exposes those who refuse to confront the mechanisms. Remember when the late Bruce Dixon courageously and cogently called Bernie Sanders "a sheep dog candidate"? Remember when Eva Bertlett, Vanessa Beeley and others truly stood with Syrian people in opposing the western intervention? …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-09-20). Using Forged Emails, "Progressive" Journalists Smear Their Own for Challenging Syria Groupthink. mintpressnews.com Behind the campaign to silence these three critical, anti-war journalists was the same cast of characters that have become notorious in progressive circles for the viciousness of their attacks against anyone willing to come out against regime change in Syria.

Richard Falk (2019-09-20). Burning Amazonia, Denying Climate Change, Devastating Syria, Starving Yemen, Ignoring Kashmir. globalresearch.ca The World Order Backdrop | Arguably, even before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, there was a widespread sense that a state-centric form of world order was morally and functionally deficient in certain fundamental respects. Political actors were indifferent to …

South Front (2019-09-20). Video: Greater Idlib: Is Syrian Army Advance Inevitable? globalresearch.ca After over 8 years of war, the province of Idlib and its surrounding areas remain the key stronghold of radical militant groups in Syria. Over the past years, anti-government armed groups suffered a series of defeats across the country and …

United Nations (2019-09-20). Climate emergency 'a new danger' to peace, youth activists hear ahead of World Day. un.org Among the efforts to build a sustainably peaceful world, "urgent climate action is needed" to curb environmental threats to all our well-being and security, the Secretary-General told the annual peace gathering in New York on Friday, addressing a largely youthful crowd.

United Nations (2019-09-20). Friday's Daily Brief: World youth call for climate action and peace, record food needs met in Yemen, exclusive sit down with UN chief. un.org A recap of Friday's top stories: Climate emergency threatening peace progress; Guterres urges States bring concrete answers to GA; Migrant shooting in Libya signals danger; Xenophobia attacks rise in South Africa; Record number get UN food aid in Libya.

United Nations (2019-09-20). 'Collective' erosion of two-State solution, continues unabated: Mladenov. un.org The "steady deterioration" of chances that a lasting peace can be negotiated between Israel and Palestine as two States live side by side, reflects a "collective failure" of leadership across the region and the world.

Alex Emmons (2019-09-20). William Barr Has Long Tried to Limit What a President Must Share With Congress. The Whistleblower Complaint is No Exception. theintercept.com Barr has been a strong proponent of the "unitary executive," a legal theory that states the president has near absolute authority over the executive branch.

Roger D. Harris (2019-09-20). On the Road to Damascus. dissidentvoice.org "Welcome to your second country" was the greeting our Syrian hosts gave us when we arrived for the International Trade Union Forum for "solidarity with the workers and people of Syria against the economic blockade, imperialist interventions, and terrorism." Throughout my short one-week stay, Syrians, on seeing I was a foreigner, would muster their best …

Mark Taliano (2019-09-20). Syria Expresses Its Freedom Through Resistance. globalresearch.ca Syria expresses her freedom in her resistance to Empire. Resistance takes many forms and trajectories, but they all lead to freedom. | Resistance delivers freedom from terrorism, it expresses itself not only when the SAA defeats Western supported terrorists, but also …

RT (2019-09-19). Russiagate's last stand? #Resistance works itself up over whistleblower complaint on Trump's alleged 'favor to foreign leader'. rt.com Just when you thought the Russiagate horse was well and truly dead, count on House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff to whip it back into life with another saucy tale of collusion, conspiracy and cover-up. | President Donald Trump's alleged "collusion" with Russia to swing the 2016 election has largely been absent from the news of late. After the Mueller Report cleared the president of wrongdoing, and after the damp squib that was Special Counsel Mueller's testimony before Congress in July, the story finally exited the news cycle. | Here comes Congressman Schiff (D-California), determined to breathe new life into…

United Nations (2019-09-19). Thursday's Daily Brief: Stark childbirth survival figures, Security Council split on Syria, nature-based climate initiatives. un.org A recap of Thursday's top stories: One pregnant woman or child dies every 11 seconds; No ceasefire agreement for Syria's Idlib; Latest Taliban attack in Afghanistan; Dozens of countries rely on food assistance; Nature's role in climate-change mitigation.

United Nations (2019-09-19). Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria's Idlib. un.org The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.

K. J. Noh, Kevin Zeese, and Margaret Flowers (2019-09-19). Open Letter to Congress: Why the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 Must Be Opposed. dissidentvoice.org Note: Congress is currently considering the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. If this bill becomes law it will increase conflict between the US and China and increase US meddling in Hong Kong. It will become an excuse for unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) against China and Hong Kong. In the Open Letter …

Staff (2019-09-19). Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a "Death Penalty" for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act. democracynow.org More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, who has urged school districts across the globe to allow students to walk out of school on Friday without facing punishment. In a letter, Naidoo, who is also the former executive director of Greenpeace, writes, "Children should not be punished for speaking out about the great in…

Staff (2019-09-18). Turkey's Erdogan Presents Plan to Turn Kurds into a Minority in Northern Syria. therealnews.com President Erdogan of Turkey says that it's time for Turkey to send Syrian refugees to northern Syria, currently inhabited by Syrian Kurds. Meanwhile Erdogan's position in Turkey is weakening, both politically and economically, says Baris Karaagac…

Staff (2019-09-18). 10,000 Farmers and Ranchers Call on Congress to Pass Green New Deal. therealnews.com A diverse coalition of trees and ranchers, organized by the Sunrise Movement and Regeneration International, presented a letter to Congress, urging passage of a Green New Deal…

Michael Sainato (2019-09-18). 2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists. progressive.org Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.

United Nations (2019-09-18). Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Ambition and action', key to UNGA, South Sudan, Cameroon peace process updates. un.org A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Guterres previews next week's summit agenda; UN and Red Cross appeal to eliminate urban warfare; South Sudan's one-year peace progress report; Cameroon renews call for 'durable peace'; Cities both helping and hurting, when it comes to climate change action.

United Nations (2019-09-18). South Sudan's peace process 'precarious, but progress in being made', Security Council hears. un.org One year on from the signing of a Revitalized Agreement to ease conflict in South Sudan, the country's political leaders "have met some, but certainly not all", of the expectations laid out, the top UN official for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Steve Phillips (2019-09-18). In Repairing Its Image, the DCCC Has Only Scratched the Surface. thenation.com In Repairing Its Image, the DCCC Has Only Scratched the Surface…

Staff (2019-09-18). Headlines for September 18, 2019. democracynow.org Israeli PM Netanyahu Fails to Win Majority in Deadlocked Election, Climate Researchers Warn of Potential 7 Degree Temperature Rise by 2100, Greta Thunberg Tells U.S. Senators to Work Harder on Climate Crisis, Tropical Depression to Dump 18 Inches of Rain on Parts of Texas Gulf Coast, Trump Admin Seeks to Revoke California's Auto Emissions Standards, "I Have No Obligation to Be Honest to the Media," Testifies Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager, Trump Tells Campaign Rally in New Mexico, "We Love Our Hispanics", U.S. Senate Votes to Sanction China over Violations of Uyghurs' Human Rights , 75 Countries Using Artificial Int…

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…

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.

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

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.

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.

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 …

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Video: Russia Gave Syria 'Green Light' to Use the S-300 Air Defense System
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-22
On September 19, the Syrian Air Defense Forces shot down an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the town of Aqraba, south of Damascus. Pro-government sources claim that the intercepted UAV was likely operated by Israel. | On August 25, two …
globalresearch.ca/video-russia-gave-syria-green-light-use-s-300/5689826

The C.E.O> – A Fun Poem
Rene Sonsmann | indybay.org | 2019-09-22
BY RENE SONSMANN. SET: The play takes place in Heaven. The set is a bare stage. The stage is lit with a warm ethereal light. God is bathed in a strong spot light at all times. CHARACTERS: God and Adrian, a recently deceased arrival in Heaven. God is middle-aged, clean shaven, dressed in a bright Hawaiian shirt and pale blue chinos.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/22/1882660…

Venezuela's Maduro Attempts a Separate Peace with Part of Opposition
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-22
As tensions increase between the Maduro government and the US-supported opposition, Maduro signed an agreement with smaller opposition parties against sanctions and in favor of deescalation…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuelas-madur…

International Peace Day: Exploratorium Community Day with Free and Reduced Rates
Exploritorium | indybay.org | 2019-09-22
Exploratorium, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, 94111…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/21/1882652…

Climate Week: Faith in Our Future: Interfaith Conversation on Climate Change (Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz Climate Action Network | indybay.org | 2019-09-22
Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/21/1882653…

International Day of Peace: "One Voice" Interfaith Choir Documentary (Walnut Creek)
Interfaith Council of Rossmoor | indybay.org | 2019-09-22
Fireside Room of Rossmoor Gateway Center | 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94595…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/21/1882653…

A Game-Changing China-Pakistan Proposal for the Afghan Peace Process
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-22
The time has arrived for China and Pakistan to take the lead in reviving the frozen Afghan peace process and replacing the US' leading role in it by unveiling a joint developmental plan to be implemented in the war-torn country …
globalresearch.ca/sino-pak-proposal-afghan-peace-process/5689823

The Trump Administration Is Throwing Yet Another Agency Into Chaos
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-22
ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. | Early this month, workers at the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management gathered to discuss a Trump administration plan that would force some 200 people to uproot their lives or find other jobs. | With a vague plan that keeps changing as officials describe it — and no guarantees that Congress would fully fund their relocations — the employees were being detailed to distant loc…
truthdig.com/articles/the-trump-administ…

Trump Threatens to Veto First Ever Congressional Action on "Forever Chemicals"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-22
| A handful of multibillion-dollar chemical companies have waged war on our bodies and our environment for nearly 70 years without our knowledge or consent. Although the federal government — tasked with protecting the public and upholding the law [m…
truthout.org/articles/trump-threatens-to…

The Trump Administration Is Creating Chaos in the Bureau of Land Management
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-22
| With a vague plan that keeps changing as officials describe it — and no guarantees that Congress would fully fund their relocations — the employees were being detailed to distant locations in the West like Grand Junction, Colorado, and Reno, Nevada. Many career staff saw the move as part of a wider Trump administration effort to drive federal employees out of their jobs. Acting White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney has described that approach as a "wonderful way to stream…
truthout.org/articles/the-trump-administ…

On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-21
Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.
mintpressnews.com/international-conferen…

Argentina: Cristina Fernandez Goes to Trial Again Amid Campaign
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-21
Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio on Friday asked Argentine's Senate to take away Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's legislative immunity in order to put the lawmaker in preventive dentention for alleged connections to the "Notebooks" corruption case. | RELATED: | Argentina Opinion Poll: Progressives Set for First Round Victory | For the second time in less tha…
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Cristi…

Stiglitz on Argentina: 'Neoliberal Experiment Has Failed'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-21
Only a few days after Argentina's Congress voted to extend the Food and Nutrition Emergency (EAN) bill, professor and Nobel Prize winner in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, talked about the critical situation that the South American country faces as a consequence of a President Mauricio Macri's "failed economic formula" of neoliberalism for the nation. | RELATED: | Argentina's Unemployment Highest in 14 Years | "Macri bet wrong and now the country is paying a high price for the mistake," the 2001 Nobe…
telesurenglish.net/news/stiglitz-about-a…

Reiterating Call for Impeachment, Warren Accuses Congress of Complicity in Trump's Continued Abuses
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-21
Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/21/reitera…

Burning Amazonia, Denying Climate Change, Devastating Syria, Starving Yemen, Ignoring Kashmir
Richard Falk | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-20
The World Order Backdrop | Arguably, even before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, there was a widespread sense that a state-centric form of world order was morally and functionally deficient in certain fundamental respects. Political actors were indifferent to …
globalresearch.ca/burning-amazonia-denying-climate-change-devastating-syria-starving-yemen-ignoring-kashmir/5689716

In Defense of Cory Morningstar's Manufacturing for Consent Series
Hiroyuki Hamada | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-20
Good investigative journalism doesn't only reveal hidden mechanisms of our time; it also exposes those who refuse to confront the mechanisms. Remember when the late Bruce Dixon courageously and cogently called Bernie Sanders "a sheep dog candidate"? Remember when Eva Bertlett, Vanessa Beeley and others truly stood with Syrian people in opposing the western intervention? …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/in-defense-of…

Video: Greater Idlib: Is Syrian Army Advance Inevitable?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-20
After over 8 years of war, the province of Idlib and its surrounding areas remain the key stronghold of radical militant groups in Syria. Over the past years, anti-government armed groups suffered a series of defeats across the country and …
globalresearch.ca/video-greater-idlib-syrian-army-advance/5689709

Using Forged Emails, "Progressive" Journalists Smear Their Own for Challenging Syria Groupthink
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-20
Behind the campaign to silence these three critical, anti-war journalists was the same cast of characters that have become notorious in progressive circles for the viciousness of their attacks against anyone willing to come out against regime change in Syria.
mintpressnews.com/using-forged-emails-pr…

'Collective' erosion of two-State solution, continues unabated: Mladenov
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-20
The "steady deterioration" of chances that a lasting peace can be negotiated between Israel and Palestine as two States live side by side, reflects a "collective failure" of leadership across the region and the world.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1…

SHOCKER! Area 51 raid FLOPS as bunch of YouTubers chat up guards instead of running to 'see them aliens' (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2019-09-20
A viral prank that promised to see two million alien hunters breach the gates of Area 51 has ended with a whimper instead of a bang, drawing only a few dozen enthusiasts for the much-anticipated 'raid.' | Initially a mock Facebook event, "Storm Area 51" quickly became a phenomenon that garnered interest from hundreds of thousands of netizens, who signed up to blaze past police and military guards to "see them aliens" at the top-secret Nevada facility. Some celebrities who'd promised to join in heated up the memeful event even more, while the authorities tried to pour cold water on even the idea of a peaceful a…
rt.com/usa/469270-storm-area-51-raid-run…

The Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan: Is Community Engagement the Key?
Robert J. Burrowes | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-20
I have just read a superb book by Mark Isaacs, an Australian who has documented several years of effort by a group of incredibly committed young people in Afghanistan to build peace in that war-torn country the only way it can be built: by learning, living and sharing peace. The book, titled The Kabul Peace …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/the-struggle-…

Climate emergency 'a new danger' to peace, youth activists hear ahead of World Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-20
Among the efforts to build a sustainably peaceful world, "urgent climate action is needed" to curb environmental threats to all our well-being and security, the Secretary-General told the annual peace gathering in New York on Friday, addressing a largely youthful crowd.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1…

Friday's Daily Brief: World youth call for climate action and peace, record food needs met in Yemen, exclusive sit down with UN chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-20
A recap of Friday's top stories: Climate emergency threatening peace progress; Guterres urges States bring concrete answers to GA; Migrant shooting in Libya signals danger; Xenophobia attacks rise in South Africa; Record number get UN food aid in Libya.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1…

Activists Face Felony Charges for Blocking Houston Oil Tanker Corridor
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-20
Under a new law backed by Big Oil and passed in statehouses nationwide, Greenpeace USA activists face felony charges for the action. Texas is the second state to bring such charges under the "critical infrastructure" law…
therealnews.com/stories/activists-face-f…

The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That's OK
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-09-20
At the start of this year, more than 600 environmental groups — including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Sunrise Movement — sent a letter to Congress saying they will "vigorously oppose" federal climate legislation that promotes "corporate schemes" like carbon-capture and storage. | Congress was not chastened. This past July, tucked in the Senate's $287 billion highway reauthorization bill, was a bipartisan measure to support carbon-ca…
theintercept.com/2019/09/20/carbon-captu…

William Barr Has Long Tried to Limit What a President Must Share With Congress. The Whistleblower Complaint is No Exception
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-09-20
Barr has been a strong proponent of the "unitary executive," a legal theory that states the president has near absolute authority over the executive branch.
theintercept.com/2019/09/20/william-barr…

Syria Expresses Its Freedom Through Resistance
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-20
Syria expresses her freedom in her resistance to Empire. Resistance takes many forms and trajectories, but they all lead to freedom. | Resistance delivers freedom from terrorism, it expresses itself not only when the SAA defeats Western supported terrorists, but also …
globalresearch.ca/syria-expresses-freedom-resistance/5689718

On the Road to Damascus
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-20
"Welcome to your second country" was the greeting our Syrian hosts gave us when we arrived for the International Trade Union Forum for "solidarity with the workers and people of Syria against the economic blockade, imperialist interventions, and terrorism." Throughout my short one-week stay, Syrians, on seeing I was a foreigner, would muster their best …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/on-the-road-t…

Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria's Idlib
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-19
The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.
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Thursday's Daily Brief: Stark childbirth survival figures, Security Council split on Syria, nature-based climate initiatives
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-19
A recap of Thursday's top stories: One pregnant woman or child dies every 11 seconds; No ceasefire agreement for Syria's Idlib; Latest Taliban attack in Afghanistan; Dozens of countries rely on food assistance; Nature's role in climate-change mitigation.
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Open Letter to Congress: Why the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 Must Be Opposed
K. J. Noh, Kevin Zeese, and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-19
Note: Congress is currently considering the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. If this bill becomes law it will increase conflict between the US and China and increase US meddling in Hong Kong. It will become an excuse for unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) against China and Hong Kong. In the Open Letter …
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Russiagate's last stand? #Resistance works itself up over whistleblower complaint on Trump's alleged 'favor to foreign leader'
rt.com | 2019-09-19
Just when you thought the Russiagate horse was well and truly dead, count on House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff to whip it back into life with another saucy tale of collusion, conspiracy and cover-up. | President Donald Trump's alleged "collusion" with Russia to swing the 2016 election has largely been absent from the news of late. After the Mueller Report cleared the president of wrongdoing, and after the damp squib that was Special Counsel Mueller's testimony before Congress in July, the story finally exited the news cycle. | Here comes Congressman Schiff (D-California), determined to breathe new life into…
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Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a "Death Penalty" for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-19
More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, who has urged school districts across the globe to allow students to walk out of school on Friday without facing punishment. In a letter, Naidoo, who is also the former executive director of Greenpeace, writes, "Children should not be punished for speaking out about the great in…
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Turkey's Erdogan Presents Plan to Turn Kurds into a Minority in Northern Syria
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-18
President Erdogan of Turkey says that it's time for Turkey to send Syrian refugees to northern Syria, currently inhabited by Syrian Kurds. Meanwhile Erdogan's position in Turkey is weakening, both politically and economically, says Baris Karaagac…
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2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
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Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Ambition and action', key to UNGA, South Sudan, Cameroon peace process updates
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-18
A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Guterres previews next week's summit agenda; UN and Red Cross appeal to eliminate urban warfare; South Sudan's one-year peace progress report; Cameroon renews call for 'durable peace'; Cities both helping and hurting, when it comes to climate change action.
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South Sudan's peace process 'precarious, but progress in being made', Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-18
One year on from the signing of a Revitalized Agreement to ease conflict in South Sudan, the country's political leaders "have met some, but certainly not all", of the expectations laid out, the top UN official for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.
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In Repairing Its Image, the DCCC Has Only Scratched the Surface
Steve Phillips | thenation.com | 2019-09-18
In Repairing Its Image, the DCCC Has Only Scratched the Surface…
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10,000 Farmers and Ranchers Call on Congress to Pass Green New Deal
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-18
A diverse coalition of trees and ranchers, organized by the Sunrise Movement and Regeneration International, presented a letter to Congress, urging passage of a Green New Deal…
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Chicago elected officials to join human rights delegation to Philippines Consulate
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-16
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…
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"Racism in America Is Endemic": Democratic Candidates Vow to Confront White Supremacy & Legacy of Slavery
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-13
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.
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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.
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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.
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Foreign Correspondent: Can Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
Don't hold your breath.
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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.
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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.
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