2019-09-28: News Headlines

Kathy Kelly (2019-09-28). The Wounds of War in Afghanistan. dissidentvoice.org Recovering from a broken hip, peace activist Kathy Kelly reflects on her experiences with people disabled and traumatized by war. ***** Its economy gutted by war, Afghanistan's largest cash crop remains opium. Yet farmers there do grow other crops for export. Villagers in the Wazir Tangi area of Nangarhar province, for example, cultivate pine nuts. …

RT (2019-09-28). 'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown. rt.com With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…

Staff (2019-09-28). Impeachment Firestorm Scorches William Barr. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—As Washington plunges into impeachment, Attorney General William Barr finds himself engulfed in the political firestorm, facing questions about his role in President Donald Trump's outreach to Ukraine and the administration's attempts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress. | Trump repeatedly told Ukraine's president in a telephone call that Barr and Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani could help investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of that summertime conversation. Justice Department officials insist Barr was unaware of Trump's comments at the t…

RT (2019-09-28). NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats. rt.com Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…

Chris Winters (2019-09-28). Impeachment won't save our democracy. nationofchange.org So it's official: The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is moving toward impeaching President Trump. In announcing this, Pelosi finally did what many on the left thought should have been a no-brainer. Her reluctance to move the process along has been frustrating for many eager to try to stop Trump's trampling on the rule of law. | The actual announcement doesn't mean much in terms of how Congress operates. It only provides a semantic umbrella under which we can now group the numerous investigations of President Trump's behavior already underway. (U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold…

Robert S. Becker (2019-09-28). Busted deal with the devil by stooge Republicans puts Senate in play. nationofchange.org What was an improbable prospect only weeks ago — Democrats retaking the Senate — increases in direct proportion to the severity and duration of the Trump train wreck.

Kate Zeller (2019-09-28). New Senate Bill Combats Shell Companies United Nations Debates Tax Havens. indybay.org Washington DC – A bipartisan group of Senators introduced the "Improving Laundering Laws and Increasing Comprehensive Information Tracking of Criminal Activity in Shell Holdings (ILLICIT CASH) Act" to stop the creation of shell corporations in the United States.

United Nations (2019-09-28). Syrian crisis is 'clearest example' of foreign investment in terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister says at UN. un.org Although terrorism is a "global nightmare which haunts everyone", some countries have invested in terrorism as a tool to impose their "insidious agendas" on other nations, Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

Jessica Corbett (2019-09-28). Progressives decry Senate's approval of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia as 'absolute betrayal to the American worker'. nationofchange.org "Scalia will undoubtedly be yet another stooge for rich and powerful interests at the very agency designed to curb that influence."

Staff (2019-09-27). The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace. therealnews.com Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.

Melanie Bender (2019-09-27). Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved. peoplesworld.org REDDING, Calif.—Driving through northern California is such a peaceful, solace-filled, meditative journey. One could get caught up in beautiful dreams and thoughts with scenery so ancient, green, and mountainous; lakes that glitter silver-blue hues in the sunshine. The last thing it evokes is thoughts of a brutal murder in the midst of the beauty. On …

Nick Turse (2019-09-27). UN Accuses US-Allied Forces of War Crimes in Syria. thenation.com UN Accuses US-Allied Forces of War Crimes in Syria…

Basma Qaddour (2019-09-27). Washington Sends Arms and Logistic Equipment to Its Occupation Forces in Syria. globalresearch.ca Washington had sent over the past hours new reinforcements to its occupation troops in Syria, according to local sources in Qameshli. | The sources said that a convey composed of dozens of cars and trucks carrying weapons plus military and logistic …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-09-27). Turkey Gives the US a Deadline in Syrian 'Safe-zone'. globalresearch.ca The Syrian war ends in Idlib | While most of Syria struggles to recover from 8 years of bloody conflict, Idlib is left as the last hot-spot. The population in Idlib today includes foreign terrorists following the tenets of Al Qaeda. …

Kathy Kelly (2019-09-27). The Wounds of War. progressive.org Recovering from a broken hip, peace activist Kathy Kelly reflects on her experiences with people disabled and traumatized by war.

Richard Moser (2019-09-27). Soldiers and Veterans are Anti-War Leaders. Could This Be The Peace Movement of Our Time? counterpunch.org "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government." — Martin Luther King If you want to stop the wars, challenge the empire and deal with climate crisis then support our anti-war soldiers and veterans. Soldiers and veterans carry special knowledge. Sometimes that knowledge starts with the gut-wrenching realization that they have fought, suffered, More

United Nations (2019-09-27). At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world 'Buddha, not war'. un.org In his address to the UN General Assembly's general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world's largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards "peace, development and progress in the world".

United Nations (2019-09-27). 'No place for violence, intimidation or fraud' in Afghan elections: UN chief. un.org All key actors in Afghanistan must "uphold their responsibility to support a peaceful, credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Friday, the day before presidential elections are due to be held in the country, adding that "there is no place for violence, intimidation or fraud".

United Nations (2019-09-27). Central African Republic: Three UN peacekeepers killed, fourth injured following helicopter crash. un.org Three peacekeepers were killed and a fourth was severely injured after a helicopter crashed on Friday morning local time, in the west of the Central African Republic, the UN mission to the country (MINUSCA) has confirmed.

David Daley (2019-09-27). "Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions. theintercept.com In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…

Staff (2019-09-27). Headlines for September 27, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower Warned White House Tried to "Lock Down" Ukraine Call Details, Acting DNI Maguire Says Whistleblower "Acted in Good Faith", Trump Suggests Whistleblower Should Get Death Sentence for Treason, Global Youth-Led Strikes Demand Action on Climate Crisis, Study Finds Climate Crisis May Threaten 60% of World's Wheat Crop by 2100, States Challenge Trump's Rollback of Endangered Species Act, Senate Advances Confirmation of Ex-Monsanto Executive to Lead Wildlife Agency, EPA Chief Blames California's Homeless Population for Poor Water Quality, Protesters Defy Security Crackdown in Egypt, Demanding Ouster of Pre…

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.

RT (2019-09-26). Incel alert! 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…

RT (2019-09-26). Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'. rt.com With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…

James Risen (2019-09-26). Donald Trump's Call With Ukrainian Leader, One Day After Robert Mueller's Congressional Testimony, Shows the President Is a Brazen Criminal. theintercept.com Trump has been acting like a bank robber who beat one rap because of a technicality, and so decides to rob every bank in sight.

United Nations (2019-09-26). South Sudan 'heading towards lasting peace and stability', UN General Assembly told. un.org Through the cooperation of the leaders of South Sudan, First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai on Thursday told the United Nations General Assembly that his country could become "a beacon of hope and peace".

Mark Taliano (2019-09-26). Mark Taliano's "Voices from Syria": An Antidote to Anti-Syria Propaganda. globalresearch.ca Taliano talks and listens to the people of Syria. He reveals the courage and resilience of a Nation and its people in their day to day lives, after more than six years of US-NATO sponsored terrorism and three years of US "peacemaking" airstrikes. "Voices from Syria is a powerful account of a message from the Syrian people telling the West to stop killing innocent civilians…"

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-09-26). PSL 2020 Presidential Campaign: Meet the Candidates! liberationnews.org Learn more about the campaign at: LaRivaPeltier2020.org Meet Gloria La Riva | Lifelong fighter in the movement for socialism Gloria La Riva is a labor, community and anti-war activist based in San Francisco, California. In 2016, as the presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the Peace and Freedom Party, Gloria received the …

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…

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. …

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…

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 …

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.

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)

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…

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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

James Jordan (2019-09-03). Former Colombian guerrillas rearm as government undermines Peace Accords. liberationnews.org A new phase of armed conflict in Colombia has emerged with the declaration by some former leaders of the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — People's Army) that they are reorganizing and rearming as an insurgent force.

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

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

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

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

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