Daily Archives: September 26, 2019

2019-09-26: News Headlines

RT (2019-09-26). US Army warns its soldiers that they could be shot by a disgruntled virgin if they go see new movie 'Joker'. rt.com The US Army has ordered its soldiers to stay alert — not in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, but at their local movie theater. The Pentagon reportedly believes that screenings of 'Joker' could be targeted by sex-hungry mass shooters. | Responding to a bulletin issued by the FBI, the US Army advised service members to prepare for the worst if they choose to see the controversial Warner Bros. film. According to an alert emailed to soldiers, the movie could galvanize 'incels,' also known as 'involuntary celibates,' or "guys who can't get dates." | In the message, Army officials stated that incels "idolize the Jo…

Mats Svensson (2019-09-26). Bewildered in Jerusalem. counterpunch.org It was desolate. Quiet. In the quietness I heard voices, whispers, words being repeated. Words that had been repeated for a long time. "Two states", "peace", "demolitions", "negotiations", "walls", "rocks", "keys", "reconciliation", "resistance", "executions", "we are staying". I had been served repetitions for breakfast, lunch, dinner. They ruined my sleep. They were in every report, in every conversation. More

Staff (2019-09-26). Corporate Media Ignores Connection Between Militarism and Climate Change. therealnews.com Joe Jamison of the U.S. Peace Council explains that the Pentagon is one of the world's worst polluters.

Michael Green (2019-09-26). Trump Threatens to Veto First-Ever Congressional Action on "Forever Chemicals" commondreams.org Two children drinking water outdoors. An estimated 110 million Americans are potentially exposed to PFAS through drinking water. (Photo: Michael Green) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eleanor Eagan (2019-09-26). With Impeachment (Slowly) Underway, Other Oversight is Still Needed. counterpunch.org Impeachment proceedings are officially underway, meaning that the tedious debate over whether or not to open an inquiry is (at least, hypothetically) behind us. Following revelations last week that President Trump has taken Congress' refusal to impeach as a blank check, it is even becoming plausible that the days of Nancy Pelosi's ridiculous ongoing opposition More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-26). Calls for Democrats to 'Immediately Get to Work' as Majority of House Lawmakers Now Support Trump Impeachment Proceedings. commondreams.org "The American people cannot afford to wait for Donald Trump to be impeached, and Congress cannot slow walk this process." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-26). Sanders Rips 'Casual Cruelty That Motivates Trump and His Billionaire Friends' as White House Moves to Strip Free School Lunches From 500,000 Kids. commondreams.org "Trump is depriving 500,000 kids of their school lunches for no damn reason—even after 139 members of Congress warned him not to." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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…

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

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). 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".

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.

Lisa Gilbert (2019-09-25). Impeach Trump? Yes. But Don't Forget Complicity of McConnell and GOP. commondreams.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) answers questions on the potential of impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. McConnell refused to answer hypothetical questions on the impeachment topic, but did indicate he was not provided a reason by the Trump administration for financial aid being withheld from Ukraine. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

United Nations (2019-09-25). At UN, Colombia's Duque stands behind peace process, vows to stamp out narco-terrorists. un.org Vowing to carry forward Colombia's peace process, President Iván Duque outlined for delegations gathered for the UN General Assembly's annual debate, his country's efforts to disarm ex-combatants, protect the Amazon and root out drug traffickers and narco-terrorists.

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 …

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.

teleSUR (2019-09-25). Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished. telesurenglish.net Indonesian palm oil and pulp companies involved in forest fires between 2015 and 2018 have gone unpunished, Greenpeace denounced on Tuesday. | RELATED: | 20 People Killed in Protests in Indonesia's West Papua | The non-profit organization grounded its accusations on "burn scar" analysis of satellite images that showed that between 2015 and 2018, 3.4 million hectares of land was burnt. | The findings were then compared to concession data relating to pulp and palm oil companies and sanct…

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. …

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.

teleSUR (2019-09-25). Brazilian Amazon Chief Raoni: 'Bolsonaro Should Go'. telesurenglish.net Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said on Wednesday his people would not leave the Amazon and called on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to step down, a day after the head of state accused him of being a pawn to foreign interests. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Blames Media for Hyping Amazon Fire | A top Indigenous chief in Brazil was welcomed by opposition lawmakers with ovations and tribal chants at the nation's Congress, which he addressed and…

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). Mali President outlines achievements and challenges since 2015 peace deal. un.org A 2015 peace deal for Mali has led to a "progressive return of trust between parties", President Ibrahim Boubacar KeàØta told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday evening.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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)

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-25). As Impeach Trump Momentum Builds, Grassroots Groups Target Undecided Members of Congress. commondreams.org After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally caved to pressure from a growing cohort of Democratic lawmakers and formally launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump Tuesday evening, grassroots groups on Wednesday announced new efforts to urge undecided members of Congress to back "impeachment now!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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

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 …

2019-09-26: Social Media Postees

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US Army warns its soldiers that they could be shot by a disgruntled virgin if they go see new movie 'Joker'
rt.com | 2019-09-26
The US Army has ordered its soldiers to stay alert — not in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, but at their local movie theater. The Pentagon reportedly believes that screenings of 'Joker' could be targeted by sex-hungry mass shooters. | Responding to a bulletin issued by the FBI, the US Army advised service members to prepare for the worst if they choose to see the controversial Warner Bros. film. According to an alert emailed to soldiers, the movie could galvanize 'incels,' also known as 'involuntary celibates,' or "guys who can't get dates." | In the message, Army officials stated that incels "idolize the Jo…
rt.com/usa/469666-military-incels-shooti…

Corporate Media Ignores Connection Between Militarism and Climate Change
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-26
Joe Jamison of the U.S. Peace Council explains that the Pentagon is one of the world's worst polluters.
therealnews.com/stories/corporate-media-…

Bewildered in Jerusalem
Mats Svensson | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
It was desolate. Quiet. In the quietness I heard voices, whispers, words being repeated. Words that had been repeated for a long time. "Two states", "peace", "demolitions", "negotiations", "walls", "rocks", "keys", "reconciliation", "resistance", "executions", "we are staying". I had been served repetitions for breakfast, lunch, dinner. They ruined my sleep. They were in every report, in every conversation.
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/bewildered-i…

With Impeachment (Slowly) Underway, Other Oversight is Still Needed
Eleanor Eagan | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
Impeachment proceedings are officially underway, meaning that the tedious debate over whether or not to open an inquiry is (at least, hypothetically) behind us. Following revelations last week that President Trump has taken Congress' refusal to impeach as a blank check, it is even becoming plausible that the days of Nancy Pelosi's ridiculous ongoing opposition…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/with-impeach…

Trump Threatens to Veto First-Ever Congressional Action on "Forever Chemicals"
Michael Green | commondreams.org | 2019-09-26
Two children drinking water outdoors. An estimated 110 million Americans are potentially exposed to PFAS through drinking water. (Photo: Michael Green) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/26/trump-…

Calls for Democrats to 'Immediately Get to Work' as Majority of House Lawmakers Now Support Trump Impeachment Proceedings
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-26
"The American people cannot afford to wait for Donald Trump to be impeached, and Congress cannot slow walk this process." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/26/calls-d…

Sanders Rips 'Casual Cruelty That Motivates Trump and His Billionaire Friends' as White House Moves to Strip Free School Lunches From 500,000 Kids
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-26
"Trump is depriving 500,000 kids of their school lunches for no damn reason—even after 139 members of Congress warned him not to." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/26/sanders…

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…

'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…

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…

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

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…

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…
truthout.org/video/rep-al-green-weve-rea…

Impeach Trump? Yes. But Don't Forget Complicity of McConnell and GOP
Lisa Gilbert | commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) answers questions on the potential of impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. McConnell refused to answer hypothetical questions on the impeachment topic, but did indicate he was not provided a reason by the Trump administration for financial aid being withheld from Ukraine. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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…

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…
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Mali President outlines achievements and challenges since 2015 peace deal
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-25
A 2015 peace deal for Mali has led to a "progressive return of trust between parties", President Ibrahim Boubacar KeàØta told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday evening.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1…

Brazilian Amazon Chief Raoni: 'Bolsonaro Should Go'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said on Wednesday his people would not leave the Amazon and called on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to step down, a day after the head of state accused him of being a pawn to foreign interests. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Blames Media for Hyping Amazon Fire | A top Indigenous chief in Brazil was welcomed by opposition lawmakers with ovations and tribal chants at the nation's Congress, which he addressed and…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-Amazon…

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…

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-…

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…

At UN, Colombia's Duque stands behind peace process, vows to stamp out narco-terrorists
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-25
Vowing to carry forward Colombia's peace process, President Iván Duque outlined for delegations gathered for the UN General Assembly's annual debate, his country's efforts to disarm ex-combatants, protect the Amazon and root out drug traffickers and narco-terrorists.
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.
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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.
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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) …
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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.
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Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
Indonesian palm oil and pulp companies involved in forest fires between 2015 and 2018 have gone unpunished, Greenpeace denounced on Tuesday. | RELATED: | 20 People Killed in Protests in Indonesia's West Papua | The non-profit organization grounded its accusations on "burn scar" analysis of satellite images that showed that between 2015 and 2018, 3.4 million hectares of land was burnt. | The findings were then compared to concession data relating to pulp and palm oil companies and sanct…
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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 …
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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…
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Federal workers take campaign against Trump to Congress
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-25
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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.
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"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…
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As Impeach Trump Momentum Builds, Grassroots Groups Target Undecided Members of Congress
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally caved to pressure from a growing cohort of Democratic lawmakers and formally launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump Tuesday evening, grassroots groups on Wednesday announced new efforts to urge undecided members of Congress to back "impeachment now!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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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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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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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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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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

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 …
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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.
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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.
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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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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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