2019-09-30: Social Media Postees

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Monday's Daily Brief: Hopes rise for peace in Syria and Yemen, UNGA speeches end, Guterres saddened by India flood deaths
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-30
'Sign of hope' for long-suffering Syrians as new committee forms; Yemen prisoner release signals hope for Yemen; Assembly President closes formal Debate; Refugees evacuated from Libya to Rwanda; Multilingualism observed on World Day.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1048212

The White Helmets, Hala Systems and the Grotesque Militarization of "Humanitarianism" in Syria
Vanessa Beeley | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-30
Syria, August 2019 — reports came in that Russian warplanes had destroyed two terrorist-manned early warning radar posts in the Northern Hama countryside, known as the 20th post and the Eagle post. | According to an article published by South Front, these early warning posts are "tasked with monitoring flights of Russian and Syrian warplanes" and warn armed groups throughout Hama and Idlib of incoming airstrikes on their positions. | South Front informed us that "four militants, inc…
mintpressnews.com/white-helmets-hala-systems-militarization-humanitarianism-syria/262115/

Turkey's Erdogan Plans Annexation of Northern Syrian Territory
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-30
Wannabe sultan Erdogan covets expanding Turkey's borders to include oil-rich northern Iraqi and Syrian territory. | Combatting Kurds in Syria, posing no cross-border threat, is part of his annexation scheme — what Damascus officials condemn and won't tolerate. | In cahoots with …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-erdogan-plans-annexation-of-northern-syrian-territory/5690592

Constitutional Committee breakthrough offers 'sign of hope' for long-suffering Syrians
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-30
There is a "sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people" as a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible and inclusive Constitutional Committee is set to start deliberations next month, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Monday.
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Syrians Continue Protests Against US-Owned SDF Terrorists
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-30
Syrians under the occupation of US illegals and their terrorist SDF are continuing public protests against the illicit militia that burns agricultural fields, appropriates or bombs homes, kidnaps Syrian children for criminal training in military camps. In a recent …
globalresearch.ca/syrians-continue-protests-against-us-owned-sdf-terrorists/5690546

The Anti-Trump Character Assassination. Spinoff from DNC/Hillary "Dodgy Dossier"?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-30
A personal note: Throughout his tenure, I've been a sharp Trump critic for numerous legitimate reason. | He escalated wars of aggression inherited from Bush/Cheney and Obama, continuing the rape and destruction of nonbelligerent states threatening no one. | He's waging economic …
globalresearch.ca/cia-anti-trump-character-assassin/5690590

Just as Iraq Begins to Find Peace, It Once Again Becomes the Battleground for an American Proxy War
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-30
People in Baghdad are fearful that the next war between the US and Iran will take place in Iraq, which is only just returning to peace after the defeat of Isis. Alarm that Iraq will be sucked into such a conflict has increased here because of recent Israeli drone attacks on the bases of the Iraqi paramilitary group known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, which is accused by the US and Israel of acting as a proxy of Iran.
counterpunch.org/2019/09/30/just-as-iraq-begins-to-find-peace-it-once-again-becomes-the-battleground-for-an-american-proxy-war/

Nina Turner, Bernie Sanders's Campaign Chair, Led Charge for Education Reform as Ohio Legislator
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-09-30
Nina Turner said she's "definitely evolved" since her time in the Ohio state Senate, but she remains proud of pro-charter policies she helped pass.
theintercept.com/2019/09/30/nina-turner-cleveland-ohio-education-reform/

John Cornyn Has Mastered the Art of Political Subservience. As Texas Inches Left, His Fate Hangs in the Balance
Justin Miller | theintercept.com | 2019-09-30
A student of Karl Rove, the Texas senator has been a loyal partisan, first to the GOP establishment and now to Trump. Will that hurt his chances in 2020?
theintercept.com/2019/09/30/john-cornyn-texas-senate-election/

Peru's President Vizcarra Threatens to Shut Down Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-30
The government of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra made a last-minute appeal to Congress to halt the opposition's plans to name new members of Peru's top court Monday, a vote that Vizcarra warned would lead him to close Congress. | RELATED: | Peru Prevents Venezuelans From Returning Home | Vizcarra said he was prepared to take what would be a drastic step…
telesurenglish.net/news/Perus-President-Vizcarra-Threatens-to-Shut-Down-Congress-20190930-0007.html

Democrats praise CIA whistleblower on Ukraine, persecute Manning, Assange and Snowden
wsws.org | 2019-09-30
While the Democrats declare that "Congress must do all it can to protect… all whistleblowers," they support exile and prison for the men and women who have exposed the crimes of US imperialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/30/pers-s30.html

UN General Assembly President upholds value of multilateralism in speech closing annual debate
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-30
The only way to guarantee peace, security and sustainable development is for countries to work together, the UN General Assembly president said in his speech on Monday concluding the annual high-level debate in the Hall.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1048242

In Media Newspeak, a 'Peace Plan' for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-09-30
by Joshua Cho | Prior to the elections in Israel/Palestine in September–marred by blatant racism posturing as the "democratic process," with millions of Palestinians living under varying degrees of Israeli rule unable to vote due to their ethnicity–Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu generated headlines for repeatedly pledging to annex nearly a third of the illegally occ…
fair.org/home/in-media-newspeak-a-peace-plan-for-israel-palestine-is-anything-us-proposes/

Daniel McAdams: "The US Has Ceased Being a Republic and Has Become a National Security State"
American Herald Tribune | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-30
Daniel McAdams, the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, is banned from Twitter.

Daniel McAdams: “The US Has Ceased Being a Republic and Has Become a National Security State”

DPRK reports 'little progress' since historic June 2018 summit with US
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-30
Lack of progress in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula is "entirely attributable" to the United States, a senior official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the UN General Assembly on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1048232

Yemen prisoner release boosts hopes of peace at last for war-weary civilians
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-30
Hopes for a possible end to the war in Yemen grew slightly on Monday, following the news that nearly 300 detainees have been released as a gesture of goodwill by Houthi forces, pitted against the Government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1048132

Despite 50+ years of legislation change, LGBTQI+ community still faces discrimination in workplace
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2019-09-30
Figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) highlight the high levels of sexual assault and harassment that the LGBTQI+ community continues to suffer at work. | The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has deleted fewer than 200 "historical offences". It was meant to change the law so "historical co…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/09/30/despite-50-years-of-legislation-change-lgbtqi-community-still-faces-discrimination-in-workplace/

Senate Urged to Reject Trump's Pick of Bush-Era Torture Advocate to Be Human Rights Official at State Department
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
"I realize that absolutely no one in the world would expect anything else from Trump, but still…having your human rights guy be a supporter of torture? That's a step beyond." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/marshall-billingslea-torture-advocate-trump-pick.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/30/senate-urged-reject-trumps-pick-bush-era-torture-advocate-be-human-rights-official?cd-origin=rss

'I Would Have No Choice': McConnell Says Senate Will Try Trump If Impeached, Gives No Timeline on Process
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
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GOP Rep. Chris Collins Resigns From Congress Amid Reports He'll Plead Guilty to Insider Trading Charges
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
Republican Congressman Chris Collins of New York, who was indicted last year for his alleged role in an insider trading scheme, resigned from his seat Monday amid reports that he will plead guilty to federal charges on Tuesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rep._chris_collins_at_yahoo_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/30/gop-rep-chris-collins-resigns-congress-amid-reports-hell-plead-guilty-insider?cd-origin=rss

CNN Slammed for Labeling Five Centrist Democrats as 'Leaders on Impeachment' and Erasing Efforts of Progressive Women of Color
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
Progressives expressed outrage on Monday over CNN's weekend segment on five centrist freshman congresswomen who the network gave credit for their so-called "leadership" on the impeachment of President Donald Trump—just days after the lawmakers backed impeachment proceedings following months of demands from ethics watchdogs and other critics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/picmonkey_image2.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/30/cnn-slammed-labeling-five-centrist-democrats-leaders-impeachment-and-erasing-efforts?cd-origin=rss

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/the-military-industrial-congressional-complex-defeats-tulsi-gabbard/

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.
theintercept.com/2019/09/29/sidney-blumenthal-book-all-powers-earth/

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Afghanistan-Elections-Low-Voter-Turnout-Amid-Talibans-Threat-20190929-0001.html

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, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/mike-pompeo-on-the-u-s-victory-in-afghanistan/

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. …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/the-wounds-of-war-in-afghanistan/

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" &#150…
rt.com/usa/469798-nra-foreign-asset-russia-democrats/

'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…
rt.com/usa/469803-trump-backers-critics-impeachment-showdown/

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/mexico-at-un-peace-is-based-on-politics-not-a-force-exercise-20190928-0009.html

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1048062

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…
thenation.com/article/war-crimes-syria/

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.
therealnews.com/stories/the-democratic-party-remains-a-party-of-war-not-peace

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.
progressive.org/dispatches/when-will-the-war-cease-kelly-190927/

"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…
theintercept.com/2019/09/27/gerrymandering-gop-hofeller-memos/

Central African Republic: Three UN peacekeepers killed 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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047962

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.
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/donald-trumps-call-with-ukrainian-leader-one-day-after-robert-muellers-congressional-testimony-shows-the-president-is-a-brazen-criminal/

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…
rt.com/usa/469703-schiff-trump-opening-statement/

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-ignores-connection-between-militarism-and-climate-change

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-congress-for-not-impeaching-trump-lounsbury-190925/

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/discriminatory-profiling/white-supremacist-violence-rise-expanding-fbis

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-to-avoid-war-with-iran/

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

"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_impeachment_inquiry_trump

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…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/24/the-syria-you-wont-see-max-blumenthal-on-visiting-damascus-after-the-proxy-war/

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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_summit_indigenous_leader_barred

2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-socialists-congress-2020-sainato-190918/

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.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14646