2019-10-10: News Headlines

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-10-10). The War in Afghanistan Turns 18, and No One Notices. commondreams.org All that Trump has done since he took office is increase the number of U.S. troops that had been serving, at least initially, and most recently walk away without warning from the years-long effort to sign a peace deal with the Taliban. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/afghanistan_peace.jpeg

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-10). Argentinian election on Oct. 27 will impact workers and unions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Oct. 27 Argentinian election, which will probably unseat current right-wing President Mauricio Macri, will have a big impact on workers and unions, Argentina's former ambassador to the U.S. told a recent congressional briefing. That's because the leading presidential candidate, who appears to have wide support and apparently leans towards a pro-worker platform, is Alberto …

Thomas Knapp (2019-10-10). Entangling Alliances Make For Forever Wars. counterpunch.org In March of 2018, US president Donald Trump promised "we'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon." That December, he issued an order to begin withdrawing US troops. Apparently the order never got executed. Most of a year later, US forces remain. Now Trump and his opponents are arguing over his decision to move a few dozen of those troops around within Syria, to get them out of the way of a Turkish invasion force massing on the border. More

RT (2019-10-10). Child's play: Reporter's breaking news broadcast interrupted by small screen debut of her toddler (VIDEO). rt.com A TV news correspondent's breaking news segment about the Turkish offensive against Kurdish-led militias in northeastern Syria was suddenly interrupted live on air by an unexpected studio guest, her own young son. | NBC's Courtney Kube was reporting on Turkey's strikes when her flow was broken by four-year-old Ryan making an uninvited appearance, right by her side. Temporarily distracted, the anchor apologizes, saying "Sorry, my kids are here – live television!" | She quickly gets right back to the story as the screen cuts away to a map of Syria, presumably giving producers enough time to remove the young int…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-10). The Kurds Await Their Fate. counterpunch.org Big powers, as with the greatest of gangsters, have always had a certain, indulgent luxury; their prerogative is to make promises they can choose to abide by or ignore. A vision is assured, guarantees made. Then comes the betrayal. The small powers, often pimped in the process, can only deal with the violent consequences. The More

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-10). Turkey Invades? Erdogan Seeks Annexation of Northern Syria Territories. globalresearch.ca Turkish aggression launched East of the Euphrates River Wednesday is proceeding over a far more widespread area than its earlier illegal cross-border operations in Syria — so-called Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch. | So-called "Operation Peace Spring" has nothing to do …

Dave Lindorff (2019-10-10). Sure Trump is 'Betraying the Kurds!' but What's New about That? counterpunch.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking President Trump for pulling US troops out of Syria, where they've been engaging in an illegal and bloody war against the Syrian government and its military for at least five years (not counting the three prior years when the US was providing arms and training to Syrian rebels, More

Prof. Tim Anderson (2019-10-10). The Dirty War on Syria: Washington, Regime Change and Resistance. globalresearch.ca Government propaganda and NGO misinformation have coloured the story of the war on Syria from its inception. Stepping in to set the record straight, Dr. Tim Anderson explores the real beginnings of the conflict, the players behind it, and their agenda…

Staff (2019-10-10). Rojava Defends Feminist Revolution Against Turkish Invaders. truthout.org | | Up to 60,000 civilians are fleeing the border area between Turkey and the autonomous region of Rojava in northeast Syria, where clashes between Kurdish militias and Turkish forces continued for a second day on Thursday. The Turkish invasion threatens the radically decentralized and democratic social revolution in Rojava, including women-led political movements and projects that have inspired activists across the globe, and stand in sharp contrast to the patriarchy and authoritarianism that defines much…

Tesbih Habbal, Muzna Hasnawi (2019-10-10). In the Midst of Chaos, an Invincible Arab Spring. thenation.com In the Midst of Chaos, an Invincible Arab Spring…

United Nations (2019-10-10). Civilians 'must not be a target', urges UNHCR, following military escalation in northern Syria. un.org The scale-up in military operations in north-east Syria has forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek safety, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, one day after Turkey launched airstrikes and a ground offensive across the border.

Ed Sykes (2019-10-10). Turkish invasion forces hit civilians in northern Syria. thecanary.co Turkey has invaded north-eastern Syria (aka Rojava), attacking largely-Kurdish fighters who were key in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). And now, Turkish troops have reportedly bombarded a convoy of civilian vehicles taking residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa to a border town, inflicting casualties among them. | Civilian murders: | The Kurdish Hawar n…

Staff (2019-10-10). Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide and ISIS Resurgence. truthout.org | | Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for aband…

teleSUR (2019-10-10). Turkey Advances in Northeast Syria Despite US, EU Criticism. telesurenglish.net The Turkish Armed Forces continued their operation along the Syrian border Thursday after the U.S. troops withdrew south of the agreed upon "safe zone" in the northern part of the country. | RELATED: | Turkey Begins Operation Against Kurdish Forces in Syria | Turkish troops, alongside their rebel allies, reportedly advanced in several areas, including Tal Abyad, after engaging in heavy clashes with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria. | While addressing h…

John Ranson (2019-10-10). The UK must 'immediately stop' arming the Turkish military, say campaigners. thecanary.co UPDATE: This article was updated at 3.39pm on 10 October to add details of an emergency rally taking place in London at 5.30pm.As Turkey launches an attack on north-eastern Syria, there have been calls for the UK to suspend arms sales to Ankara.Customer: In a press release, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) says that Turkey is one of the "world's largest buyers of UK weapons". CAAT says the UK has licensed weapons sales worth &poun…

WSWS (2019-10-10). Turkey launches US-backed offensive targeting Kurdish forces in Syria. wsws.org Turkish air raids and artillery bombardments hit cities and military and civilian targets along approximately 100 kilometers of the Turkey-Syria border.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-10). US Forces Will Not Likely Withdraw from Syria this Year. The Kurds Remain the Biggest Losers. globalresearch.ca Notwithstanding President Donald Trump's announcement of the deal with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to tactically withdraw US forces from specific locations in occupied north-east Syria- and in consequence to leave the Syrian Kurds to their fate- the …

Staff (2019-10-10). Trump Says Ditching Kurds Justified Because "They Didn't Help Us With Normandy" truthout.org | | In remarks that sparked outrage and left some critics at a loss for words, President Donald Trump on Wednesday attempted to justify his decision to abandon Kurdish forces in Syria by criticizing Kurds for not assisting the United States in World War II. | "As somebody wrote in a very powerful article today, they didn't help us in the Second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy, as an example," Trump said duri…

Edward Hunt (2019-10-10). The Trump Administration Is Moving to Restart Aerial Fumigation in Colombia. progressive.org The move further endangers the country's already-fragile peace accord.

United Nations (2019-10-10). Colombia's peace process developments a 'precious opportunity' to end violence for good, says UN Mission head. un.org Thousands of former fighters from Colombia's largest rebel group remain committed to the historic 2016 peace deal which ended more than five decades of civil conflict, but attacks against the ex-combatants have been a continuous cause for concern, the Security Council heard on Thursday.‚Ä&Oslash…

teleSUR (2019-10-10). FARC to Change Name and Logo Next Year. telesurenglish.net A Senator for the FARC gave an interview on Thursday morning where he lamented those former party members who walked away from the peace accords. He also revealed that next year the party will change its name and logo. | REALTED: | FARC-Party Expels Dissident Commanders Who Took Up Arms | Senator Carlos Antonio Lozada told Caracol radio that in January next year, the official FARC party w…

East Bay Peace Action (2019-10-10). 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)…

WSWS (2019-10-10). Trump asserts unchecked presidential powers. wsws.org Trump's attorneys are arguing that neither state prosecutors nor Congress have any power over the chief executive.

John Atcheson (2019-10-10). A Trump Impeachment Inquiry Isn't Keeping Congress From 'Getting Things Done'—Mitch McConnell Is. commondreams.org This blockade of doing what's in the public interest should be a page 1, top-of-the-fold or lead-off story news-at-seven item every time Moscow Mitch kills another Bill, but it's not. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mitch_mcconnell_1.jpg

Staff (2019-10-10). 2020 Budget Proposal Would Underfund Health, Job Training, Education Programs. truthout.org | | The Senate Appropriations Committee proposes to cut 2020 funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education by $2.7 billion below the 2019 level in inflation-adjusted terms, even though the Presi…

Global Research News (2019-10-10). Selected Articles: US Withdrawal from Syria: Unlikely. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | Click to | * * * | | Sanctioning Away Free Speech:

Staff (2019-10-10). Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology. democracynow.org As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…

Staff (2019-10-10). After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence. democracynow.org Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "

Staff (2019-10-10). Headlines for October 10, 2019. democracynow.org Turkey Launches Ground Offensive in Northern Syria, WH Budget Office Refuses to Comply with Subpoena for Impeachment Probe, Biden Joins Majority of 2020 Field in Calling for Trump's Impeachment, Trump Faces Dozens of New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Matt Lauer Denies Raping NBC Producer Brooke Nevils in 2014, Germany: 2 Killed in Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Temple on Yom Kippur, U.N.: U.S. Military Killed 30+ Afghan Civilians in Airstrikes in May, Amnesty: Death Toll in Anti-Government Protests in Iraq Surpasses 150, Protests Erupt in Algeria over Corruption & Army's Role in Politics, Egyptian Dissident Alaa…

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."

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.

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

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…

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."

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 …

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Colombia: National Strike Against Duque's Labor Reforms. telesurenglish.net The Unitary Central of Workers of Colombia (CUT) announced a day of protests and a general strike against Colombian President Ivan Duque's proposals concerning labor and pension reforms. The organization is also calling for peace in the country where at least 52 former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been killed this year alone. | RELATED: | Colombia Formalizes Criminal Charges Against Uribe | CUT spokesperson said that on Oct. 10 they will hold the first…

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). 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.

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…

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'.

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."

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…

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.

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.

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.

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