Daily Archives: September 23, 2019

2019-09-23: News Headlines

Paul Larudee (2019-09-23). In Support of Brother Donald Lafleur, Executive Vice President, Canadian Labour Congress. dissidentvoice.org Dear Comrades, We write to you as fellow trade unionists and comrades dedicated in the struggle for workers' rights in support of Donald Lafleur and his visit to the GFTU trade union congress in Damascus. Brother Lafleur has been unjustly placed on administrative leave despite the fact that he attended the meeting as a private …

teleSUR (2019-09-23). UN's Guterres Announces Syria Constitutional Committee. telesurenglish.net United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Monday the formation of a constitutional committee for Syria, a long-awaited step in a stalled peace process. | "It will be facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva," Guterres told reporters, adding that it would be convened in the coming weeks. The United Nations sees the committee as a next step in efforts to find a political solution to end the more than eight-year war in Syria. | "I strongly believe that the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led constitutional committee can and must be the beginning of the political path out of the trag…

United Nations (2019-09-23). UN chief announces progress on committee to shape Syria's political future. un.org UN-led discussions to secure a peaceful future for the people of Syria have resulted in agreement by the country's Government and opposition representatives to the formation of a new Constitutional Committee in a bid to end the "tragedy" of more than eight years of fighting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Monday.

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-23). Has Russia "Stopped Israel" from Bombing Syria? Has Moscow Authorized Syria to Use the S-300 Air Defense System. globalresearch.ca The Alt-Media Community has been in a state of ecstasy over reports that Russia has supposedly stopped several " Israeli" strikes in Syria and also finally given the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) the authority to use the S-300s. …

Dave McKee (2019-09-23). Canadian Media Attacks Labour Leader for Syria Solidarity. globalresearch.ca One hundred trade union delegations from around the world gathered in Damascus on September 8-9, for the Third International Trade Union Forum in Solidarity with Syrian Workers. The purpose of the meeting was to build opposition to imperialist intervention against …

unitedEditor (2019-09-23). Erdogan & Trump, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Turkish military operations in Northern Iraq. uwidata.com Erdogan — Trump Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his American counterpart Donald Trump. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ongoing geopolitical problems. Turkey and the US had previously come to an agreement on the creation of a safe zone in the Syrian north-east along the border with Turkey. Despite recent …

Tyler Durden (2019-09-23). A Half-Decade Late, New York Post Admits is ISIS Run by NATO Member Turkey. theantimedia.com Many ISIS terrorists have simply donned a new uniform and joined Turkish-backed rebels to engage in "ethnic cleansing" of Syrian Kurds.

Peter Koenig (2019-09-23). Peace Versus Climate. globalresearch.ca Climate Change number ONE? — How about PEACE? — Nobody thought about that? Have these western kids been brainwashed. Not even UN Secretary General Guterres, whose mandate it is to lead the UN towards conflict solutions that bring PEACE — this is the very mandate that the UN has been founded on. Not climate, but PEACE.

Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (2019-09-23). 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…

The Canary (2019-09-23). Greenpeace targets Burger King over Amazon fires and deforestation. thecanary.co Environmental campaigners have unfurled giant banners at Burger King's Leicester Square restaurant in London in protest at the Amazon fires and deforestation.The meat industry and the rainforest: The green group claims Burger King…

teleSUR (2019-09-23). Afghanistan's Taliban Meet Chinese Officials in Beijing. telesurenglish.net A Taliban delegation met Sunday with China's Special Representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the group's peace talks with the United States, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said. | RELATED: | US Drone Strike 'Accidentally' Kills 30 Afghan Farmers | The meeting comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's 11th-hour cancellation earlier this month…

B. R. Gowani (2019-09-23). How news media should handle Trump's lies. counterpunch.org saints, politicians, capitalists, news media, Trump, … all lies — bigly the difference being that most of Trump's lies are impossible to defend but Trump's supporters do defend him with undefendable lies the liberal media, including MSDNC, ridicules and attacks Trump's lies the media strategy is waste of time as Trump strikes back with more lies what More

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-09-23). The Trump "Whistleblower" Situation Is Very Dangerous for Democracy (and for the Democrats). commondreams.org President Donald J. Trump leaves after speaking to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The president made a visit in a bid to gain support for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone who is running for 18th Congressional District in a seat vacated by Tim Murphy. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mike Spies and J. David McSwane (2019-09-23). Inside the Trump administration's chaotic dismantling of the federal land agency. nationofchange.org Internal records from the Bureau of Land Management contradict what its chief told Congress about a plan to ship 200 D.C.-based career staff out West. The plan would weaken the agency, which stands between federal lands and oil, gas and mineral companies.

Rene Sonsmann (2019-09-23). 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.

Staff (2019-09-23). Why We March: Voices From the Front Lines of Friday's Climate Strike. truthout.org | | As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman,…

Staff (2019-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2019. democracynow.org 4 Million Take to the Streets for Global Climate Strike, Trump Admin Ignored CBP Report Linking Climate Change and Increased Migration, Honduran Woman and 21-Month-Old Son Die While Attempting to Reach U.S., New Deal Would Force Asylum Seekers to Return to El Salvador Despite Obvious Dangers, Calls for Impeachment Grow as Trump Acknowledges Ukraine Phone Call About Bidens, U.S. to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia, Impose Iran Sanctions, as Rouhani Heads to UNGA with Peace Plan, Arab Parties in Israel Back Benny Gantz in Bid to End Netanyahu's Rule, Egyptians Take to Street in Rare Protest Against President Sisi, Gov't…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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). 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.

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…

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.

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 …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-20). Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting to block arms sales involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "When Trump vetoed legislation earlier this year to end U.S. involvement …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-20). Striking Iran Now Could Spark a Major War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to reports that the Trump administration is considering strikes on Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The United States has stumbled into a perilous situation. If, for example, the U.S. …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-19). House Casts Historic Vote to Repeal Authorization for Endless War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 19, 2019 — In response to the House of Representatives passing H.R. 2740 (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020), which includes language to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) eight months after …

2019-09-23: Social Media Postees

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UN's Guterres Announces Syria Constitutional Committee
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-23
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Monday the formation of a constitutional committee for Syria, a long-awaited step in a stalled peace process. | "It will be facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva," Guterres told reporters, adding that it would be convened in the coming weeks. The United Nations sees the committee as a next step in efforts to find a political solution to end the more than eight-year war in Syria. | "I strongly believe that the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led constitutional committee can and must be the beginning of the political path out of the trag…
telesurenglish.net/news/UNs-Guterres-Ann…

UN chief announces progress on committee to shape Syria's political future
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-23
UN-led discussions to secure a peaceful future for the people of Syria have resulted in agreement by the country's Government and opposition representatives to the formation of a new Constitutional Committee in a bid to end the "tragedy" of more than eight years of fighting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Monday.
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A Half-Decade Late, New York Post Admits is ISIS Run by NATO Member Turkey
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-23
Many ISIS terrorists have simply donned a new uniform and joined Turkish-backed rebels to engage in "ethnic cleansing" of Syrian Kurds.
theantimedia.com/isis-run-by-nato-member…

Canadian Media Attacks Labour Leader for Syria Solidarity
Dave McKee | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-23
One hundred trade union delegations from around the world gathered in Damascus on September 8-9, for the Third International Trade Union Forum in Solidarity with Syrian Workers. The purpose of the meeting was to build opposition to imperialist intervention against …
globalresearch.ca/canadian-media-attacks-labour-leader-syria-solidarity/5689974

Has Russia "Stopped Israel" from Bombing Syria? Has Moscow Authorized Syria to Use the S-300 Air Defense System
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-23
The Alt-Media Community has been in a state of ecstasy over reports that Russia has supposedly stopped several " Israeli" strikes in Syria and also finally given the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) the authority to use the S-300s. …
globalresearch.ca/recent-fake-news-about-russia-israel/5689917

Erdogan & Trump, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Turkish military operations in Northern Iraq
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-23
Erdogan — Trump Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his American counterpart Donald Trump. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ongoing geopolitical problems. Turkey and the US had previously come to an agreement on the creation of a safe zone in the Syrian north-east along the border with Turkey. Despite recent …
uwidata.com/5424-erdogan-trump-iran-and-…

Peace Versus Climate
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-23
Climate Change number ONE? — How about PEACE? — Nobody thought about that? Have these western kids been brainwashed. Not even UN Secretary General Guterres, whose mandate it is to lead the UN towards conflict solutions that bring PEACE — this is the very mandate that the UN has been founded on. Not climate, but PEACE.
globalresearch.ca/peace-versus-climate/5689953

Afghanistan's Taliban Meet Chinese Officials in Beijing
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-23
A Taliban delegation met Sunday with China's Special Representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the group's peace talks with the United States, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said. | RELATED: | US Drone Strike 'Accidentally' Kills 30 Afghan Farmers | The meeting comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's 11th-hour cancellation earlier this month…
telesurenglish.net/news/Afghanistan-Tali…

Greenpeace targets Burger King over Amazon fires and deforestation
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-23
Environmental campaigners have unfurled giant banners at Burger King's Leicester Square restaurant in London in protest at the Amazon fires and deforestation.The meat industry and the rainforest: The green group claims Burger King…
thecanary.co/uk/2019/09/23/greenpeace-targets-burger-king-over-amazon-fires-and-deforestation/

Climate Week: Faith in Our Future: Interfaith Conversation on Climate Change (Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz Climate Action Network | indybay.org | 2019-09-23
Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/21/1882653…

How news media should handle Trump's lies
B. R. Gowani | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-23
saints, politicians, capitalists, news media, Trump, … all lies — bigly the difference being that most of Trump's lies are impossible to defend but Trump's supporters do defend him with undefendable lies the liberal media, including MSDNC, ridicules and attacks Trump's lies the media strategy is waste of time as Trump strikes back with more lies what…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/23/how-news-med…

Inside the Trump administration's chaotic dismantling of the federal land agency
Mike Spies and J. David McSwane | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-23
Internal records from the Bureau of Land Management contradict what its chief told Congress about a plan to ship 200 D.C.-based career staff out West. The plan would weaken the agency, which stands between federal lands and oil, gas and mineral companies.
nationofchange.org/2019/09/23/inside-the…

In Support of Brother Donald Lafleur, Executive Vice President, Canadian Labour Congress
Paul Larudee | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-23
Dear Comrades, We write to you as fellow trade unionists and comrades dedicated in the struggle for workers' rights in support of Donald Lafleur and his visit to the GFTU trade union congress in Damascus. Brother Lafleur has been unjustly placed on administrative leave despite the fact that he attended the meeting as a private …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/in-support-of…

The Trump "Whistleblower" Situation Is Very Dangerous for Democracy (and for the Democrats)
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-09-23
President Donald J. Trump leaves after speaking to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The president made a visit in a bid to gain support for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone who is running for 18th Congressional District in a seat vacated by Tim Murphy. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/23/trump-…

The C.E.O> – A Fun Poem
Rene Sonsmann | indybay.org | 2019-09-23
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…

Why We March: Voices From the Front Lines of Friday's Climate Strike
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-23
| As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman,…
truthout.org/video/millions-take-part-in…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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-…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

'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.
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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.
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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 …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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