Daily Archives: September 25, 2019

2019-09-25: News Headlines

RT (2019-09-25). Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move. rt.com Swimming against the current in her own Democratic Party, 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she does not support impeachment proceedings against President Trump, amid louder calls within the party to remove him from office. | Moments before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into the president on Tuesday evening, Gabbard warned the move would only deepen existing divides in the country. | "I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," she told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, adding, "It's important Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people…

RT (2019-09-25). 'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT. rt.com With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…

Juan Cole (2019-09-25). Impeachment Isn't the High-Stakes Gamble Pelosi Thought. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Nancy Pelosi finally caved to pressure to open an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, after he admitted to having pressured the Ukraine government to investigate his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. | Biden is clearly furious over the whole thing, and as a pillar of the Democratic establishment and former president of the Senate (as vice president), he was in a position to pressure Pelosi to do something. I don't have any proof that he did; it is just obvious that Pelosi ch…

Staff (2019-09-25). Rep. Al Green: "We've Reached Critical Mass" to Impeach Trump. truthout.org | | Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the H…

Juan Cole (2019-09-25). Impeachment Isn't the High-Stakes Gamble Pelosi Thought. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Nancy Pelosi finally caved to pressure to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump, after he admitted to having pressured the Ukraine government to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. | Biden is clearly furious over the whole thing, and as a pillar of the Democratic establishment and former president of the Senate (as vice president), he was in a position to pressure Pelosi to do something. I don't have any proof that he did, it is just obvious that Pelosi changed he…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-25). It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump. progressive.org The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

Staff (2019-09-25). "We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds" democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-25). Party-line Senate panel vote OKs Scalia for Labor Department. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Talk about greasing the skids for a Trumpite: The GOP-run Senate committee that deals with workers' issues OKd Donald Trump's nomination of right-wing corporate lawyer Eugene Scalia by a 12-11 party-line vote on Sept. 24 — and he might be in the Secretary's chair by the end of the week. The lickety-split confirmation process for …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-25). Federal workers take campaign against Trump to Congress. peoplesworld.org

WSWS (2019-09-25). German government extends war mission in Middle East. wsws.org The Grand Coalition is continuing the German military mission in Syria and Iraq and will deploy the Bundeswehr beyond its current mandate in the region.

United Nations (2019-09-25). Syrian displacement poses 'serious threat' to Lebanon's development goals, President tells UN Assembly. un.org While the "heated" wars in the Middle East over the last decade have recessed, the President of Lebanon told the United Nations General Assembly's annual general debate on Wednesday that Syria's displacement crisis has had repercussions on his country's "security, political, social, economic and environmental spheres".

Syria News (2019-09-25). US Supported "Rebels" Fired Live Rounds at Syrian Families in Rukban Concentration Camp. globalresearch.ca Syrian families held captive by Trump Regime Forces and their ISIS affiliates of Maghaweer Thawra terrorists at al-Rukban Concentration Camp went out of their tents in the high heat of the desert…

United Nations (2019-09-25). UN chief urges scaled up response for peace, across troubled Sahel's region. un.org Humanitarian and development responses for Mali and Africa's wider Sahel region "are falling short", and support must be scaled up to ensure a hopeful future for its people, the Secretary-General told world leaders at a special high level meeting inside UN Headquarters on Wednesday.

Peter Koenig (2019-09-25). Peace versus Climate. dissidentvoice.org Monday, 23 September, the UN in New York hosted a special meeting on Climate Change. There were massive predominantly youth demonstrations of tens of thousands around the globe, many of them in New York, one of them led by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old climate activist, who is sponsored mostly by Soros and his clan …

Nick Turse (2019-09-25). More U.S. Commandos Are Fighting Invisible Wars in the Middle East. theintercept.com The percentage of commandos deployed to the Middle East is on the rise, according to new statistics provided to The Intercept by U.S. Special Operations Command. On average, more than 4,000 Special Operations forces — Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and Marine Corps Raiders among them — are deployed to the region each week, more than anywhere else in the world. | The increase comes at a time when the United States is apparently planning a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, despite a peace agreement with the Taliban having f…

United Nations (2019-09-25). Liberian President credits UN for '16 years of unbroken peace', outlines plan to reduce poverty, boost growth. un.org "Liberia is a UN success story", President George Manneh Weah told the annual United Nations high-level generalral debate in New York on Wednesday.

United Nations (2019-09-25). Central African Republic President says country 'remains fragile', despite progress on peace deal. un.org President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic (CAR), addressing the UN General Assembly's annual general debate, spotlighted "modest but sure" progress in implementing the landmark peace agreement signed by his Government and 14 armed groups on 6 February 2019.

Jon Rainwater (2019-09-25). Take Action to Avoid War with Iran. peaceaction.org photo credit Dear Groundswell Readers, We have to keep pushing Congress this week if we want to avoid war with Iran. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said recently that the U.K. might join a U.S.-led military effort in the Gulf. When other nations step up to join the "coalition of the willing" it's often a bad sign. …

Staff (2019-09-25). Facing Climate Crisis, Senators Have Millions Invested in Fossil Fuel Companies. truthout.org | | This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.As the United States Senate fails to act on catastrophic climate change, dozens of its members are profiting from investments in oil, gas, and coal companies that are fue…

Michael Green (2019-09-25). Trump threatens to veto first-ever congressional action on "forever chemicals" nationofchange.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—became aware of this chemical assault 20 years ago, it chose to conceal the truth, downplay the threat, and expand …

ACLU (2019-09-25). White Supremacist Violence Is On the Rise. Expanding the FBI's Powers Isn't the Answer. aclu.org Expanding law enforcement's powers will harm the communities of color that white supremacist violence targets—and undermine our constitutional rights. | In response to the increase in white supremacist violence, Congress has been holding hearings — including one today — on the urgent need to address it. But, rather than getting to the bottom of why our law enforcement agencies have failed to address white supremacist violence, some lawmakers are rushing to give law enforcement agencies harmful additional powers and creating new crimes. That approach ignores the way power, racism, and nation…

Raina Lipsitz (2019-09-25). She Was a Progressive Darling for Years. Now She's Facing 4 Primary Challenges From the Left. thenation.com She Was a Progressive Darling for Years. Now She's Facing 4 Primary Challenges From the Left.

commondreams (2019-09-25). Congress Should Immediately Pass the Assault Weapons Ban. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-25). Greta Thunberg and Indigenous Amazon Defender Among Visionary Campaigners Honored With Right Livelihood Awards. commondreams.org Four campaigners from all over the world were awarded with the 2019 Right Livelihood Award on Wednesday, winning what is often called the "alternative Nobel Peace Prize" for their tireless efforts in fighting for non-violence, women's rights, climate action, and environmental protection. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-25). Critics Say Only Full Whistleblower Complaint Will Do as Trump White House Signals 'Redacted Version'. commondreams.org "Congress must be allowed to view the whistleblower report and assess the situation in totality, not in terms that Trump decides on—and which he obviously finds favorable." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

patrick (2019-09-25). Documents Prove "Creative Community for Peace" is Front for Right-Wing Israel Lobby Group "StandWithUs" bdsmovement.net Documents Prove "Creative Community for Peace" is Front for Right-Wing Israel Lobby Group "StandWithUs": UpdateArtists who support justice for all and oppose racism in all forms should be aware of CCFP's deception and steer clear of its lobbying agenda. | Cultural BoycottSeptember 25, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

RT (2019-09-24). Pelosi announces IMPEACHMENT inquiry over Ukraine call, Trump says it will help him win elections. rt.com President Donald Trump has called a looming impeachment inquiry against him a "positive," saying it will help him "win the election." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the investigation shortly afterwards. | Speaking to reporters at the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump said that impeachment would be "a positive for me," adding "we will win the election." | Democrats in Congress have threatened to impeach Trump countless times already — sometimes for non-offenses like "being such good friends with Putin," or making up…

Staff (2019-09-24). Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the commander in chief. | The probe centers on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine Democratic foe Joe Biden and help his own reelection. Pelosi said such actions would mark a "betrayal of his oath of office" and declared: "No one is above the law." | Pelosi's brief statement, historic ye…

John Nichols (2019-09-24). Pelosi Announces an Impeachment Inquiry. Now Congress Has to Get It Right. thenation.com Pelosi Announces an Impeachment Inquiry. Now Congress Has to Get It Right…

Melvin Goodman (2019-09-24). The Central Role of the Whistleblower. counterpunch.org The fortuitous emergence of a courageous whistleblower in the Trump White House and Harvard Professor Jill Lepore's pathetically ill-informed review of Edward Snowden's recent book, "Permanent Record," are important reminders of the central and difficult role of whistleblowers in any successful effort to restore our democracy. The information provided by whistleblowers is key to the work of congressional oversight; investigative journalism; and informed political debate. Whistleblowers contributed to the knowledge of the crimes of the intelligence community during the Vietnam War and the exposure of Iran-contra,…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-24). The Syria you won't see: Max Blumenthal on visiting Damascus after the proxy war. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal discusses his reporting trip to Damascus in the aftermath of Syria's proxy war. Blumenthal interviewed residents…

South Front (2019-09-24). Syrian Army Prepares for Escalation in Golan Heights. globalresearch.ca On September 21, an EW unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted and took control of a large quadcopter-style unmanned aerial vehicle over the town of Erneh, near the contact line between the SAA and the Israeli-occupied part of …

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-24). Russia's Middle East Strategy: "Balance" vs. "Betrayal"? globalresearch.ca There's an intense debate raging within the Alternative and Independent media over whether Russia's contemporary Mideast strategy amounts to "balancing" or "betraying" the Resistance given the Eurasian Great Power's extremely close military cooperation with "Israel" in Syria. | The Freakish Fusion …

United Nations (2019-09-24). Republic of Korea President proposes DMZ as future 'peace and cooperation district' on Peninsula. un.org The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas could be transformed into an "international peace zone" and even included on a UN list of global cultural heritage, world leaders in the UN General Assembly heard on Tuesday.

teleSUR (2019-09-24). Sanctions Hinder Possibility of Elections: Venezuelan Opposition. telesurenglish.net Leaders of Venezuela's opposition parties have hailed results from the formal dialogue with the government, calling it a peaceful route out of adversity while also calling U.S. sanctions a threat to any early elections, and demanding that they be lifted. | RELATED: | Venezuela: PSUV Lawmakers Return to National Assembly Tuesday | Venezuela's Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez, along with opposition figure Timoteo Zambrano, gave a brief press conference Monday in w…

United Nations (2019-09-24). Only international actions can settle the world's 'enormous and diverse cross-border challenges', Qatar tells UN Assembly. un.org In a world facing "enormous and diverse cross-border challenges", the Emir of Qatar told the United Nations General Assembly's high-level session on Tuesday that only international mechanisms can deter violators of international law, ensure sovereignty, prohibit land annexation and prevent armed conflicts through peaceful dispute resolution.

Staff (2019-09-24). Roger Waters: We're Ignoring One of Humanity's Biggest Threats. truthdig.com DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris reporting for The Real News Network from Harold Square in Manhattan. | I'm here today with legendary musician Roger Waters, also known widely around the world for his peace activism and his activism for human rights. We are here for the People's Mobilization Against the U.S. War Machine and Save The Planet. Thank you very much for joining us, Roger. | ROGER WATERS: Not at all. | DIMITRI LASCARIS: So Roger, the relationship between one of the major existential threats of our time, climate change, and militarism is not as well-known as the relationship between militarism a…

United Nations (2019-09-24). US President Trump says countries have 'absolute right' to protect their borders. un.org The path to peace and a better world "begins at home," United States President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, urging countries to look after their own interests on issues like trade, people smuggling and illegal immigration, and denouncing "open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice."

Staff (2019-09-24). States, 2020 Candidates Push Back Against Facial Recognition Technology. truthout.org | | Privacy and civil liberties advocates are celebrating the California Senate's recent bipartisan passage of AB 1215, which would place a three-year moratorium on the use of facial recognition surveillance in police body-worn cameras. The bill now awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature. | The legislation, which faced stiff opposition from the state's police unions, comes afte…

commondreams (2019-09-24). NIAC Statement on First Congressional Hearing on the Muslim Ban. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kate Aronoff (2019-09-24). Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Call for Reversal of Puerto Rico Austerity Measures. theintercept.com When hundreds of thousands of people poured onto the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, last July, it wasn't just the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló they wanted. "Ricky renuncia y llévate la junta," many of them cried — "Ricky resign, and take the junta with you." For three years, a federally imposed Financial Oversight and Management Board, known as the junta or the FOMB, had imposed severe austerity measures on Puerto Ricans, ostensibly in an effort to get a handle on the soaring debt. Like Rosselló's administration, the junta's members and consultants were riddled with conflicts of interest. The peo…

commondreams (2019-09-24). CAIR Submits Written Testimony for Congressional Muslim Ban Hearing. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Renee Parsons (2019-09-24). US Election Candidates: As Joe Biden Falters, Will Elizabeth Warren Survive the Scrutiny. globalresearch.ca Despite early polls which showed some of the 'top tier' Democrat candidates beating Trump in a general election, the last DNC debate left considerable question as to whether there was enough substance on that stage to win the White House….

Staff (2019-09-24). Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon. democracynow.org A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

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…

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 …

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.

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.

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…

2019-09-25: Social Media Postees

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'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT
rt.com | 2019-09-25
With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…
rt.com/usa/469549-impeachement-pelosi-tr…

Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move
rt.com | 2019-09-25
Swimming against the current in her own Democratic Party, 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she does not support impeachment proceedings against President Trump, amid louder calls within the party to remove him from office. | Moments before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into the president on Tuesday evening, Gabbard warned the move would only deepen existing divides in the country. | "I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," she told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, adding, "It's important Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people…
rt.com/usa/469548-tulsi-trump-challenger…

Rep. Al Green: "We've Reached Critical Mass" to Impeach Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-25
| Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the H…
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Impeachment Isn't the High-Stakes Gamble Pelosi Thought
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-09-25
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Nancy Pelosi finally caved to pressure to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump, after he admitted to having pressured the Ukraine government to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. | Biden is clearly furious over the whole thing, and as a pillar of the Democratic establishment and former president of the Senate (as vice president), he was in a position to pressure Pelosi to do something. I don't have any proof that he did, it is just obvious that Pelosi changed he…
truthdig.com/articles/impeaching-trump-i…

Impeachment Isn't the High-Stakes Gamble Pelosi Thought
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-09-25
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Nancy Pelosi finally caved to pressure to open an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, after he admitted to having pressured the Ukraine government to investigate his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. | Biden is clearly furious over the whole thing, and as a pillar of the Democratic establishment and former president of the Senate (as vice president), he was in a position to pressure Pelosi to do something. I don't have any proof that he did; it is just obvious that Pelosi ch…
truthdig.com/articles/impeaching-trump-i…

It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-25
The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.
progressive.org/dispatches/impeach-congr…

"We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/formal_im…

Syrian displacement poses 'serious threat' to Lebanon's development goals, President tells UN Assembly
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-25
While the "heated" wars in the Middle East over the last decade have recessed, the President of Lebanon told the United Nations General Assembly's annual general debate on Wednesday that Syria's displacement crisis has had repercussions on his country's "security, political, social, economic and environmental spheres".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1…

US Supported "Rebels" Fired Live Rounds at Syrian Families in Rukban Concentration Camp
Syria News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
Syrian families held captive by Trump Regime Forces and their ISIS affiliates of Maghaweer Thawra terrorists at al-Rukban Concentration Camp went out of their tents in the high heat of the desert…
globalresearch.ca/us-supported-rebels-fired-live-rounds-at-syrian-families-in-rukban-concentration-camp/5690151

German government extends war mission in Middle East
wsws.org | 2019-09-25
The Grand Coalition is continuing the German military mission in Syria and Iraq and will deploy the Bundeswehr beyond its current mandate in the region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/25/germ…

More U.S. Commandos Are Fighting Invisible Wars in the Middle East
Nick Turse | theintercept.com | 2019-09-25
The percentage of commandos deployed to the Middle East is on the rise, according to new statistics provided to The Intercept by U.S. Special Operations Command. On average, more than 4,000 Special Operations forces — Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and Marine Corps Raiders among them — are deployed to the region each week, more than anywhere else in the world. | The increase comes at a time when the United States is apparently planning a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, despite a peace agreement with the Taliban having f…
theintercept.com/2019/09/25/special-oper…

Peace versus Climate
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
Monday, 23 September, the UN in New York hosted a special meeting on Climate Change. There were massive predominantly youth demonstrations of tens of thousands around the globe, many of them in New York, one of them led by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old climate activist, who is sponsored mostly by Soros and his clan …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/peace-versus-…

Documents Prove "Creative Community for Peace" is Front for Right-Wing Israel Lobby Group "StandWithUs"
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-09-25
Documents Prove "Creative Community for Peace" is Front for Right-Wing Israel Lobby Group "StandWithUs": UpdateArtists who support justice for all and oppose racism in all forms should be aware of CCFP's deception and steer clear of its lobbying agenda. | Cultural BoycottSeptember 25, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
bdsmovement.net/news/ccfp-front

Central African Republic President says country 'remains fragile', despite progress on peace deal
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-25
President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic (CAR), addressing the UN General Assembly's annual general debate, spotlighted "modest but sure" progress in implementing the landmark peace agreement signed by his Government and 14 armed groups on 6 February 2019.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1…

Take Action to Avoid War with Iran
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-09-25
photo credit Dear Groundswell Readers, We have to keep pushing Congress this week if we want to avoid war with Iran. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said recently that the U.K. might join a U.S.-led military effort in the Gulf. When other nations step up to join the "coalition of the willing" it's often a bad sign. …
peaceaction.org/2019/09/25/take-action-t…

Liberian President credits UN for '16 years of unbroken peace', outlines plan to reduce poverty, boost growth
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-25
"Liberia is a UN success story", President George Manneh Weah told the annual United Nations high-level generalral debate in New York on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1…

UN chief urges scaled up response for peace, across troubled Sahel's region
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-25
Humanitarian and development responses for Mali and Africa's wider Sahel region "are falling short", and support must be scaled up to ensure a hopeful future for its people, the Secretary-General told world leaders at a special high level meeting inside UN Headquarters on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1…

Facing Climate Crisis, Senators Have Millions Invested in Fossil Fuel Companies
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-25
| This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.As the United States Senate fails to act on catastrophic climate change, dozens of its members are profiting from investments in oil, gas, and coal companies that are fue…
truthout.org/articles/facing-climate-cri…

Party-line Senate panel vote OKs Scalia for Labor Department
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-25
WASHINGTON–Talk about greasing the skids for a Trumpite: The GOP-run Senate committee that deals with workers' issues OKd Donald Trump's nomination of right-wing corporate lawyer Eugene Scalia by a 12-11 party-line vote on Sept. 24 — and he might be in the Secretary's chair by the end of the week. The lickety-split confirmation process for …
peoplesworld.org/article/party-line-sena…

White Supremacist Violence Is On the Rise. Expanding the FBI's Powers Isn't the Answer
aclu.org | 2019-09-25
Expanding law enforcement's powers will harm the communities of color that white supremacist violence targets–and undermine our constitutional rights. | In response to the increase in white supremacist violence, Congress has been holding hearings — including one today — on the urgent need to address it. But, rather than getting to the bottom of why our law enforcement agencies have failed to address white supremacist violence, some lawmakers are rushing to give law enforcement agencies harmful additional powers and creating new crimes. That approach ignores the way power, racism, and nation…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/discrimi…

Trump threatens to veto first-ever congressional action on "forever chemicals"
Michael Green | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
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–became aware of this chemical assault 20 years ago, it chose to conceal the truth, downplay the threat, and expand …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/25/trump-thre…

She Was a Progressive Darling for Years. Now She's Facing 4 Primary Challenges From the Left
Raina Lipsitz | thenation.com | 2019-09-25
She Was a Progressive Darling for Years. Now She's Facing 4 Primary Challenges From the Left.
thenation.com/article/maloney-congress-p…

Federal workers take campaign against Trump to Congress
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-25
peoplesworld.org/article/federal-workers…

Congress Should Immediately Pass the Assault Weapons Ban
commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
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Greta Thunberg and Indigenous Amazon Defender Among Visionary Campaigners Honored With Right Livelihood Awards
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
Four campaigners from all over the world were awarded with the 2019 Right Livelihood Award on Wednesday, winning what is often called the "alternative Nobel Peace Prize" for their tireless efforts in fighting for non-violence, women's rights, climate action, and environmental protection. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Critics Say Only Full Whistleblower Complaint Will Do as Trump White House Signals 'Redacted Version'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
"Congress must be allowed to view the whistleblower report and assess the situation in totality, not in terms that Trump decides on—and which he obviously finds favorable." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-24
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the commander in chief. | The probe centers on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine Democratic foe Joe Biden and help his own reelection. Pelosi said such actions would mark a "betrayal of his oath of office" and declared: "No one is above the law." | Pelosi's brief statement, historic ye…
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Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-24
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the commander in chief. | The probe centers on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine Democratic foe Joe Biden and help his own reelection. Pelosi said such actions would mark a "betrayal of his oath of office" and declared: "No one is above the law." | Pelosi's brief statement, historic ye…
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Pelosi announces IMPEACHMENT inquiry over Ukraine call, Trump says it will help him win elections
rt.com | 2019-09-24
President Donald Trump has called a looming impeachment inquiry against him a "positive," saying it will help him "win the election." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the investigation shortly afterwards. | Speaking to reporters at the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump said that impeachment would be "a positive for me," adding "we will win the election." | Democrats in Congress have threatened to impeach Trump countless times already — sometimes for non-offenses like "being such good friends with Putin," or making up…
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Pelosi Announces an Impeachment Inquiry. Now Congress Has to Get It Right
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-09-24
Pelosi Announces an Impeachment Inquiry. Now Congress Has to Get It Right…
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The Syria you won't see: Max Blumenthal on visiting Damascus after the proxy war
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-24
The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal discusses his reporting trip to Damascus in the aftermath of Syria's proxy war. Blumenthal interviewed residents…
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Russia's Middle East Strategy: "Balance" vs. "Betrayal"?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-24
There's an intense debate raging within the Alternative and Independent media over whether Russia's contemporary Mideast strategy amounts to "balancing" or "betraying" the Resistance given the Eurasian Great Power's extremely close military cooperation with "Israel" in Syria. | The Freakish Fusion …
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Syrian Army Prepares for Escalation in Golan Heights
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-24
On September 21, an EW unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted and took control of a large quadcopter-style unmanned aerial vehicle over the town of Erneh, near the contact line between the SAA and the Israeli-occupied part of …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-army-prepares-for-escalation-in-golan-heights/5690080

Sanctions Hinder Possibility of Elections: Venezuelan Opposition
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-24
Leaders of Venezuela's opposition parties have hailed results from the formal dialogue with the government, calling it a peaceful route out of adversity while also calling U.S. sanctions a threat to any early elections, and demanding that they be lifted. | RELATED: | Venezuela: PSUV Lawmakers Return to National Assembly Tuesday | Venezuela's Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez, along with opposition figure Timoteo Zambrano, gave a brief press conference Monday in w…
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Republic of Korea President proposes DMZ as future 'peace and cooperation district' on Peninsula
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-24
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas could be transformed into an "international peace zone" and even included on a UN list of global cultural heritage, world leaders in the UN General Assembly heard on Tuesday.
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US President Trump says countries have 'absolute right' to protect their borders
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-24
The path to peace and a better world "begins at home," United States President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, urging countries to look after their own interests on issues like trade, people smuggling and illegal immigration, and denouncing "open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice."
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Roger Waters: We're Ignoring One of Humanity's Biggest Threats
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-24
DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris reporting for The Real News Network from Harold Square in Manhattan. | I'm here today with legendary musician Roger Waters, also known widely around the world for his peace activism and his activism for human rights. We are here for the People's Mobilization Against the U.S. War Machine and Save The Planet. Thank you very much for joining us, Roger. | ROGER WATERS: Not at all. | DIMITRI LASCARIS: So Roger, the relationship between one of the major existential threats of our time, climate change, and militarism is not as well-known as the relationship between militarism a…
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Only international actions can settle the world's 'enormous and diverse cross-border challenges', Qatar tells UN Assembly
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-24
In a world facing "enormous and diverse cross-border challenges", the Emir of Qatar told the United Nations General Assembly's high-level session on Tuesday that only international mechanisms can deter violators of international law, ensure sovereignty, prohibit land annexation and prevent armed conflicts through peaceful dispute resolution.
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States, 2020 Candidates Push Back Against Facial Recognition Technology
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-24
| Privacy and civil liberties advocates are celebrating the California Senate's recent bipartisan passage of AB 1215, which would place a three-year moratorium on the use of facial recognition surveillance in police body-worn cameras. The bill now awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature. | The legislation, which faced stiff opposition from the state's police unions, comes afte…
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NIAC Statement on First Congressional Hearing on the Muslim Ban
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The Central Role of the Whistleblower
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-24
The fortuitous emergence of a courageous whistleblower in the Trump White House and Harvard Professor Jill Lepore's pathetically ill-informed review of Edward Snowden's recent book, "Permanent Record," are important reminders of the central and difficult role of whistleblowers in any successful effort to restore our democracy. The information provided by whistleblowers is key to the work of congressional oversight; investigative journalism; and informed political debate. Whistleblowers contributed to the knowledge of the crimes of the intelligence community during the Vietnam War and the exposure of Iran-contra,…
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CAIR Submits Written Testimony for Congressional Muslim Ban Hearing
commondreams.org | 2019-09-24
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Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Call for Reversal of Puerto Rico Austerity Measures
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2019-09-24
When hundreds of thousands of people poured onto the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, last July, it wasn't just the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló they wanted. "Ricky renuncia y llévate la junta," many of them cried — "Ricky resign, and take the junta with you." For three years, a federally imposed Financial Oversight and Management Board, known as the junta or the FOMB, had imposed severe austerity measures on Puerto Ricans, ostensibly in an effort to get a handle on the soaring debt. Like Rosselló's administration, the junta's members and consultants were riddled with conflicts of interest. The peo…
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US Election Candidates: As Joe Biden Falters, Will Elizabeth Warren Survive the Scrutiny
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-24
Despite early polls which showed some of the 'top tier' Democrat candidates beating Trump in a general election, the last DNC debate left considerable question as to whether there was enough substance on that stage to win the White House….
globalresearch.ca/us-elections-candidates-as-joe-biden-falters-will-elizabeth-warren-survive-the-scrutiny/5690087

Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
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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.

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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 …
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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.

A Half-Decade Late, New York Post Admits is ISIS Run by NATO Member Turkey

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…
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