2019-10-09: News Headlines

Steve Sweeney (2019-10-09). Turkey invades Syria to wipe out Kurds after Trump gives green light. peoplesworld.org Kurds are fearing ethnic cleansing today as Turkish forces launch a ground invasion following yesterday's bombing of Kurdish areas in northern Syria. Turkey's aggression comes after U.S. troops withdrew from the region earlier this week. President Donald Trump announced the pullback of U.S. forces suddenly and without warning late on Sunday night. Late Tuesday, Commander …

Eds. (2019-10-09). A green Earth with peace and room for us all. mronline.org Draft Globalization programme submitted by the National Board of the Red-Green Alliance/Enhedslisten, Denmark, to the party's next Annual Congress on 5 — 6 October. It is a programmatic text about global development. | Source

Dr. Hakim Young (2019-10-09). From Kabul: Youth on the Road to Peace. counterpunch.org In September 2019, facing everyday dangers of the war and under constant pressure to view those from other tribes as enemies, young people from each of Afghanistan's 34 provinces gathered for a three day "On the Road to Peace" conference in Kabul. 30th September 2019 / 8th Mezan 1398. Despite the violent crises which we More

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-10-09). Ohio Progressive Morgan Harper Raised $323,000 in First Quarter of House Race. theintercept.com "What candidates like Morgan Harper and Jessica Cisneros are saying is that any Democrat representing a safe Democratic district should be put on watch."

John Wojcik (2019-10-09). White House makes it official: Trump is above the law. peoplesworld.org The White House essentially claimed yesterday that the executive branch is the only part of government that matters and that it will not cooperate in any way with what it said is an "illegitimate" impeachment process. That includes its refusal to provide any documents, material or witnesses that Congress is seeking. In open defiance of …

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-09). What to expect from Turkey's coming invasion of Syria. mronline.org Erdogan's government is preparing to enter Syria for a major military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is made up largely of Kurdish factions who set up this armed force to defend the mainly Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. | Source

Staff (2019-10-09). Trump's Withdrawal From Syria: Betrayal of Kurds or End to Endless War? therealnews.com President Trump's intention to withdraw from Syria was met with outrage on many sides, with people calling it a betrayal of a key ally in the Syrian conflict. Kurdish expert Edmund Ghareeb says there is probably a deal between Trump and Erdogan.

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Turkey Begins Operation Against Kurdish Forces in Syria. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday that the Turkish Army and its Syrian rebel allies have launched their military operation into northeastern Syria. | RELATED: | Turkey Pledge to Pursue Military Plans in Syria Despite US Threats | Erdogan said the offensive, dubbed "Operation Peace Spring", would aim to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after th…

Tyler Durden (2019-10-09). Erdogan Says Military Invasion of Syria Has Begun as Turkish Jets Bomb the Kurds. theantimedia.com Video shows Turkish troops crossing the border, as journalists warn that "a new phase of this bloody regional war could be about to begin."

Staff (2019-10-09). Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort, Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds. truthout.org | | Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years.

Juan Cole (2019-10-09). Trump's Syria Policy Could Be a Gift to ISIS. truthdig.com As a result of the turmoil the U.S. and Turkey are causing in the region, 12,000 Islamic State fighters in containment camps could escape.

South Front (2019-10-09). Video: US Troop Withdrawals? Washington Green-light to Turkish Incursion into Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca On October 7, US forces started withdrawing from their positons along the border with Turkey, in northern Syria. The US military had permanent garrisons in Tel Abyad, Tel Musa, Tel Hinzir and Tel Arqam. They were abandoned. | On October …

Jeet Heer (2019-10-09). Trump's Erratic Syria Policy Deserves No Anti-Imperialist's Cheers. thenation.com Trump's Erratic Syria Policy Deserves No Anti-Imperialist's Cheers…

Sarah Lahm (2019-10-09). Midwest Dispatch: What Happens When Trump Comes to Town. progressive.org The President's upcoming visit to Minneapolis is being framed as something of a grudge match with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. But that's just one element of the racial dynamics surrounding this tour stop.

Andrei Ilyashenko (2019-10-09). Russia and China Reach New Level of Military Cooperation. China's Missile Early Warning System. globalresearch.ca The government of Japan intends to intensify negotiations with Russia to resolve the territorial issue and conclude a peace treaty. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again reminded about this in his keynote speech at the parliament opening session. | "By solving …

East Bay Peace Action (2019-10-09). Speaker Pennie Opal Plant on "Let Us Save the World Together" indybay.org Fred Weaver Resident Center, St. Paul's Tower, second floor, 100 Bay Pl, Oakland, CA 94610 (near 27th and Harrison)…

Akela Lacy (2019-10-09). Mark Zuckerberg Buckles and Will Testify to Congress on Facebook's Cryptocurrency. theintercept.com The hearing comes after Chair Maxine Waters and committee Democrats sent a letter to Facebook calling on the company to suspend plans to launch the cryptocurrency, Libra.

Staff (2019-10-09). Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort & Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds in Northern Syria. democracynow.org Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years. We speak to former housing secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who says Trump's move is a…

Staff (2019-10-09). Headlines for October 9, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Won't Cooperate with Impeachment Probe, Prompting Constitutional Crisis, Turkish Attack on Kurds in Syria Imminent After U.S. Steps Aside, Afghanistan Claims al-Qaeda Leader Died in U.S.-Led Attack That Killed 40 Civilians, Trump Admin Planning Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty, Wife of U.S. Diplomat Claims Immunity After Crash That Killed Motorcyclist, Supreme Court Hears Arguments in LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Cases, 800,000 Californians Face Blackouts as PG&E Cuts Power Amid Wildfire Fears, Steven Reed Elected First Black Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, NBC Producer Says Matt Lauer Raped Her in 2014, U…

WSWS (2019-10-09). Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested in central London. wsws.org Over 500 peaceful climate protestors have been arrested in central London in just two days as part of an escalating response from the British state aimed at outlawing mass environmental protest as a form of terrorism.

Ed Sykes (2019-10-09). Urgent UK protests called as Turkey begins 'illegal invasion' of northern Syria. thecanary.co Turkey has invaded north-eastern Syria, attacking largely-Kurdish fighters who were key in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). | NATO member Turkey targeting "civilian areas" in Syria invasion: | Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the start of the invasion, which followed an announcement on Sunday by Donald Trump that US troops supporting the fight against Daesh would step aside. Erdoğan called the attack 'Operation Peace Spring'.

Staff (2019-10-09). White House Impeachment Letter Sparks Constitutional Crisis. truthdig.com President Donald Trump and his administration will not participate in the Congressional impeachment inquiry, the White House announced Tuesday, setting up a constitutional crisis in the conflict between two ostensibly co-equal branches of government. | "There is no legal basis for Trump's position," tweeted NBC analyst Katie Phang. "Hard stop." | "The Trump administration's flat refusal to cooperate with congressional oversight is, itself, impeachable," tweeted Vox's Ezra Klein. | NEW | 9-page letter just released from the White House claims i…

John Wojcik (2019-10-08). As Trump spins out of control, support for impeachment swells. peoplesworld.org The latest Washington Post poll shows 58% of Americans supporting the impeachment inquiry against the president versus 38% opposed and, for the first time, even Republicans are joining those voices with 18% of them agreeing with the probe. The poll follows a scathing ruling from a federal judge yesterday that brushed aside claims by Trump …

Drew Garvie (2019-10-08). Canada's "Minister of War" Chrystia Freeland pursues "America First" foreign policy. peoplesworld.org In Canada's 2015 parliamentary elections, Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party ran on a vague anti-war platform that emphasized peacekeeping. However, the last four years have seen an escalation in militarism and Canada's involvement in U.S.-led regime change attempts around the world. These efforts have been led by one of Trudeau's cabinet stars, Chrystia Freeland, who has …

RT (2019-10-08). 'Gift to Putin!' Meltdown as House Democrat claims Trump plans to ditch Open Skies treaty. rt.com The House Foreign Affairs Committee chair has sent a letter to the White House expressing concern over "reports" that President Donald Trump wants to abandon the Open Skies Treaty. Yet the only such report is his own. | Congressman Eliot Engel (D-New York) denounced on Monday "potential plans" to withdraw from the treaty, saying it would be "a blow to United States national security interests, endangering Ukraine and other key European allies."

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-08). Trump Regime Escalates Economic War on China. globalresearch.ca The US is a declining empire, the more aggressive and widespread its malign activities, the sooner its fall from grace will arrive. Vaunted Pentagon forces failed to defeat Taliban fighters in Afghanistan after 18 years of trying, nor Syrian resistance …

teleSUR (2019-10-08). Turkey Pledge to Pursue Military Plans in Syria Despite US Threats. telesurenglish.net Turkey announced Tuesday it will carry out its military plans in the north of Syria without paying much attention to the United States menaces, apparently referring to U.S. President Donald Trump's statement to "totally destroy and obliterate" Turkey's economy if the country goes too far. | RELATED: | UN's Guterres Announces Syria Constitutional Committee

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-08). US Plans Permanent Occupation of Syrian Territory? globalresearch.ca International law is clear and unequivocal. No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of others. | No foreign military of proxy force may occupy another country's territory. No nation may attack another state without Security Council authorization — permitted only …

Middle East Eye (2019-10-08). As Turkey Readies for Invasion of Northern Syria, Russia and Iran Object. theantimedia.com Turkey has readied its forces for an offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, prompting negative reactions from Iran and Russia.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-08). Betrayal Is American Foreign Policy. truthdig.com The Kurds of northern Syria are simply the latest in a long line of Middle Eastern allies the U.S. has abandoned in their time of need.

United Nations (2019-10-08). UN chief urges 'maximum restraint' following policy shift over northeastern Syria. un.org The UN chief on Tuesday expressed "great concern" over recent policy statements made regarding northeastern Syria, following the announcement from the United States at the start of the week, that it would withdraw troops from the area close to the border with Turkey.

Juan Cole (2019-10-08). Winners and Losers From Trump Throwing Syrian Kurds Under the Bus. commondreams.org It is difficult to see in what way Russia is benefited by Turkey's incursion into northeast Syria. (Photo: @LevHavryliv/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/assad.jpeg

Carne Ross (2019-10-08). Trump's Syria Pullout Will Destroy the Middle East's Only Woman-Led Democracy. thenation.com Trump's Syria Pullout Will Destroy the Middle East's Only Woman-Led Democracy…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-08). Trump Escalated Wars He Inherited. globalresearch.ca Trump is no peacenik, far from it. He's the latest in a long line of US warrior presidents — waging endless wars of aggression, and by other means, against nonbelligerent states threatening no one. | He's the US liar-in chief, time …

teleSUR (2019-10-08). Mass Arrests of Climate Change Protestors In World Capitals. telesurenglish.net London police on Tuesday arrested over 500 Extinction Rebellion (XR) peaceful environmental activists who were performing civil disobedience to push for more to be done to protect the environment. | GALLERY: | Over 500 Extinction Rebellion Activists Arrested in London | Dutch police stepped in to arrest more than 100 climate activists blocking a street in front of the country's national museum and there were similar protests in Austria, Australia, France, Spain and New Zealan…

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-08). The US-Brokered Taliban-India Prisoner Swap Is a Pretty Big Deal. globalresearch.ca The US-brokered Taliban-Indian prisoner swap might lead to the resumption of the Afghan peace process but the deal also carries with it somewhat uncomfortable optics for Pakistan since it was likely agreed to during US peace envoy Khalilzad's "ice-breaking" meeting …

United Nations (2019-10-08). Some progress made towards security in Mali, but still a long way to go, Security Council hears. un.org Some progress has been made towards restoring peace and stability in Mali as outlined in a fragile 2015 peace deal, yet sustainable peace developments are not happening fast enough, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

United Nations (2019-10-08). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Eye health, UN's financial crisis, progress in Mali and South Sudan, human rights in Australia. un.org Tuesday's top stories: Global need for eye care is set to increase 'dramatically'; work and reforms of the UN 'at risk'; progress on Mali security; South Sudan peace accord anniversary; Rights chief Bachelet urges rollback on Australia migration policies; and an interview with Maha Mamo, living proof of why statelessness needs to end worldwide.

Staff (2019-10-08). Senate Bill Would Cut Social Security Operations Again. truthout.org | | This summer's budget deal between President Trump and congressional leaders offers enough total discretionary dollars to give the Social Security Administration (SSA) a much-needed funding boost in 2020, but the Senate majority plans to cut $2.7 billi…

commondreams (2019-10-08). EarthRights International Urges Congress to Cancel Corporate Abuse. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Patrick Martin (2019-10-08). US Impeachment Campaign Escalates with Claim of Second Whistleblower. globalresearch.ca The conflict between President Trump and congressional Democrats escalated over the weekend, with attorneys for the CIA officer who triggered an impeachment inquiry declaring that there were other "whistleblowers" coming forward to provide testimony in support of his allegations against …

Staff (2019-10-08). Constitutional Collision: Trump Won't Cooperate in Impeachment Probe. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The White House declared Tuesday it will not cooperate with what it termed the "illegitimate" impeachment probe by House Democrats, sharpening the constitutional clash between President Donald Trump and Congress. | Trump attorneys sent a letter to House leaders bluntly stating their refusal to participate in the quickly moving impeachment investigation. | "Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it," White House Counsel Pat Cipo…

teleSUR (2019-10-08). Bolsonaro Introduces Bill to Dollarize Brazilian Economy. telesurenglish.net President Jair Bolsonaro's administration revealed Tuesday a "foreign exchange liberalization" bill, to be presented to the Brazilian Congress, which paves the way to the dollarization of the Brazilian economy. | RELATED: | Brazilians Spend More on Transportation Than on Food: Study | "Bank accounts, wages and prices could be dollarized, burying once and f…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-08). After US Withdrawal, Turkey Announces Troops Are in Place for Planned Offensive Against Kurds in Syria. commondreams.org A day after President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, Turkey announced its plans to move ahead with military operations in the country targeting Kurdish forces. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11746274351.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-08). 'Seriously Folks This Is Actually a Constitutional Crisis': Trump Tells Congress White House Won't Cooperate With Impeachment Probe. commondreams.org "There is no legal basis for Trump's position. Hard stop." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_socialism.jpeg

Jessica Corbett (2019-10-08). 'Get on the streets. And bring everybody': Extinction Rebellion kicks off two weeks of global action. nationofchange.org Nearly a year after Extinction Rebellion launched in London, the global movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to demand ambitious climate action kicked off two weeks of protests on Monday with demonstrations around the world that blocked major roadways and led to arrests. | "Starting on October 7th, for 2 weeks, Extinction Rebellion is calling an International Rebellion. Together, we will peacefully occupy the centers of power and shut them down until governme…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-08). MPs call for UK to 'stand against' NATO member's invasion of northern Syria. thecanary.co NATO's second largest army is currently on the verge of invading northern Syria. And a cross-party group of MPs has called for the UK to "steadfastly…

The Canary (2019-10-07). Climate protesters block roads in London and across Europe to demand urgent action. thecanary.co Extinction Rebellion activists have blocked major roads in London and other cities across Europe at the beginning of what was billed as a wide-ranging series of protests demanding urgent action to deal with the world's climate crisis.Demonstrators marched through central London as they kicked off two weeks of activities designed to disrupt the city. London police said some 135 climate activists had been arrested.Extinction Rebellion said protesters from the XR Peace group were arrested as they blocked Victoria Embankment, outside the Ministry of Defence.Among those arrested was 81-year-old Sarah Lasenby, a retire…

RT (2019-10-07). Ardent Trump defender Graham calls decision to withdraw from Syria 'DISASTER in the making'. rt.com Senator Lindsey Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump's most vocal supporters, has lashed out at his decision to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria ahead of an imminent incursion by Turkey. | The move, Graham said, will result in a return of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), make the Kurds ally with the Syrian government, destroy Turkey's relationship with the US Congress, and leave a stain on US honor, the senator argued. He said he would file a motion in the Senate seeking a reversal of the decision. | * Ensures ISIS comeback. | * Forces Kurds to align with Assad a…

Tyler Durden (2019-10-07). Turkish Military Operation in Syria Begins: Jets Filmed Bombing Kurdish Targets. theantimedia.com This despite the Pentagon claiming to have effectively shut down Northern Syria airspace to Turkey.

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