Why Isn't Congress Impeaching Trump for War Crimes?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-29
| With a new scandal rocking the White House and a formal impeachment inquiry underway in the House, President Trump's self-serving illegal behavior is once again at the center of our political universe. Two huge questions now loom over Congress, and House Democrats in particular: Do the facts about Trump's actions warrant impeachment, and how will voters react as the process plays out? | These questions have led to a broader discussion of impeachment itself. Impeachment is not a criminal process, but a political…
America's Founders: Removal from Office Is Not the Only Purpose of Impeachment
Clark D. Cunningham | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-29
As Congress moves toward a possible formal impeachment of President Donald Trump, they should consider words spoken at the Constitutional Convention, when the Founders explained that impeachment was intended to have many important purposes, not just removing a president …
The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Defeats Tulsi Gabbard
Christian Sorensen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-29
The military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) is the noxious alliance comprised of the Pentagon, the war industry, and Capitol Hill. U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard has spoken out against U.S. military interventions in such sovereign nations as Iraq, Syria, and Libya. While Gabbard's public discussion of the costs of war rankles some within the MIC, she does not …
Afghanistan Elections: Low Voter Turnout Amid Taliban's Threat
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-29
Afghanistan's presidential election turnout is unofficially estimated at just over 2 million people or about 20 percent of registered voters, an official said Sunday, solidifying fears that a low participation rate could marr the vote. | RELATED: | 'Afghan Election a Threat to Peace': Former President Karzai | The figure is a sharp drop from the roughly…
Mike Pompeo on the U.S. Victory in Afghanistan
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-29
The U.S. appears about to announce a peace agreement with the Taliban trading the withdrawal of U.S. forces for a Taliban commitment to exclude al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups from the country. (Presumably the Taliban themselves will be removed from the State Department's terror list.) It has been under discussion for at least several years, …
Democratic Senators Orchestrated Infamous Caning of Slavery Opponent, According to New Book
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-09-29
Sidney Blumenthal's "All the Powers of Earth: 1856-1860," dives deep into the greatest act of physical violence ever perpetrated on the U.S. Senate floor.
New Senate Bill Combats Shell Companies United Nations Debates Tax Havens
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-09-29
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.
'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown
rt.com | 2019-09-28
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…
Impeachment won't save our democracy
Chris Winters | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
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…
Impeachment Firestorm Scorches William Barr
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-28
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…
The Wounds of War in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-28
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. …
Mexico to UN: Peace Is Based on Politics, Not Force
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-28
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that his country's encourages the "pacific solutions to controversies" based on "non-intervention and people's self-determination. | Ebrard explicitly advocated for continued dialogue in Venezuela between the government and opposition parties, and "rejects the U.S. blockade on Cuba and sanctions against (other) countries," said the minister. | RELATED: | AMLO: 'We Defend Mexico's Dignity' | The…
Progressives decry Senate's approval of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia as 'absolute betrayal to the American worker'
Jessica Corbett | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
"Scalia will undoubtedly be yet another stooge for rich and powerful interests at the very agency designed to curb that influence."
NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats
rt.com | 2019-09-28
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" –…
Busted deal with the devil by stooge Republicans puts Senate in play
Robert S. Becker | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
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.
Argentinians Were Ahead Of The 'International Safe Abortion Day'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-28
In front of congress, Argentina's gender activists on Friday began their "Scream for Legal Abortion", a massive demonstration that took place in anticipation of the International Safe Abortion Day, which on September 28 brings together millions of people around the world to defend women's rights. | RELATED: | Mexico: Oaxaca State Legalizes Abortion in Historic Move | "The National Campaign for the 'Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion', as well as the Green Tide staining all over…
Syrian crisis is 'clearest example' of foreign investment in terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister says at UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-28
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.
Turkey Gives the US a Deadline in Syrian 'Safe-zone'
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-27
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. …
Washington Sends Arms and Logistic Equipment to Its Occupation Forces in Syria
Basma Qaddour | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-27
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 …
UN Accuses US-Allied Forces of War Crimes in Syria
Nick Turse | thenation.com | 2019-09-27
UN Accuses US-Allied Forces of War Crimes in Syria…
The Wounds of War
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-09-27
Recovering from a broken hip, peace activist Kathy Kelly reflects on her experiences with people disabled and traumatized by war.
The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.
Soldiers and Veterans are Anti-War Leaders. Could This Be The Peace Movement of Our Time?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
"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,…
'No place for violence, intimidation or fraud' in Afghan elections: UN chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
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".
Central African Republic: Three UN peacekeepers killed, fourth injured following helicopter crash
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
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.
Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved
Melanie Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-27
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 …
At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world 'Buddha, not war'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
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".
"Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-09-27
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…
Congress hears testimony from intel chief on "smoking gun" phone call
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-26
The impeachment process now underway in the country continued with dramatic testimony today in the House Intelligence Committee that underlined what the pro-democracy forces in America are up against. Today's hearing confirms that saving democracy in this country will require taking on a Trump-built network that uses government across all of its branches to advance …
Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'
rt.com | 2019-09-26
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…
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 | 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…
PSL 2020 Presidential Campaign: Meet the Candidates!
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-26
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 …
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.
Donald Trump's Call With Ukrainian Leader, One Day After Robert Mueller's Congressional Testimony, Shows the President Is a Brazen Criminal
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
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.
Mark Taliano's "Voices from Syria": An Antidote to Anti-Syria Propaganda
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-26
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…"
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.
"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…
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. …
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…
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) …
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 …
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…
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
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.
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.