2019-10-12: News Headlines

Staff (2019-10-12). AP Fact Check: Trump's Shoddy Information on Syria, Impeachment, More. truthdig.com The Associated Press refutes a number of the president's latest statements on the U.S. economy, Syria and Turkey, ISIS and more.

Kurdish Community Center and BALB (2019-10-12). Emergency Daytime Rally to defend NE Syria. indybay.org Union Square NW corner, Post and Powell…

WSWS (2019-10-12). New Anti-capitalist Party demands military escalation against Turkey in Syria. wsws.org The Pabloite NPA bitterly opposes a struggle to unify the working class internationally in a movement against imperialist war and the Middle Eastern bourgeoisie.

teleSUR (2019-10-12). Turkish Military Advances into Syrian Border City. telesurenglish.net Turkish-backed Syrian rebels advanced into Ras al Ain in northeast Syria on Saturday but it was unclear how far, with Turkey saying the town center had been taken and Kurdish-led forces denying this and saying they were counter-attacking. | RELATED: | Turkey Advances in Northeast Syria Despite US, EU Criticism | The battle for Ras al Ain raged as Turkey pursued a four-day-old, cross-border offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia despite an outcry from the United States and Europ…

Staff (2019-10-12). Pentagon Confirms US Forces in Syria Came Under Turkish Artillery Fire. truthout.org | | As tens of thousands of civilians flee northeast Syria amid Turkey's ongoing offensive targeting Kurdish forces in the region — an operation enabled by U.S. President Donald Trump — the Pentagon confirmed…

teleSUR (2019-10-12). Iran Says They Are Ready For Peace Talks With Saudi Arabia. telesurenglish.net The Islamic Republic of Iran announced on Saturday that they are prepared to hold talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia, with or without the help of a mediator. | RELATED: | US Deploys Large Force to Saudi Arabia | The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that the rumors about Pakistan's President Imran Khan mediating a potential meeting between Tehran and Riyadh were untrue. According to the Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi: "I am not aware of any mediation," he told state broadcaster I…

East Bay Peace Action (2019-10-12). 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)…

teleSUR (2019-10-12). Ecuador: Supposed 'Peace Zone' Looks Like A 'War Zone' in Quito. telesurenglish.net The social struggle did not abate in Ecuador despite attempts by the government to quell the protests on the tenth day of the demonstrations. During the early hours on Saturday, Ecuadorean olice fired tear gas and live ammo at the Indigenous people, farmers, workers and students who remained protesting near the National Assembly in Quito. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Riot Police Fire Tear Gas, Live Ammo at Protesters | Thousands of people from the Amazon region and the Andean highlands arr…

Fréa Lockley (2019-10-12). As countries pull arms sales to Turkey, the UK government is still complicit in death. thecanary.co On 9 October, Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan launched a violent invasion of largely-Kurdish areas in northern Syria (aka Rojava). Now, several European countries have stepped up and sto…

Central Committee, The Communist Party of Turkey (2019-10-12). TKP statement: Hands off Syria! liberationnews.org AKP is committing a great crime for the last eight years. AKP disregards the sovereignty of another country.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-12). 'Terrifying and Totally Predictable': Pentagon Confirms US Forces in Syria Came Under Turkish Artillery Fire. commondreams.org As tens of thousands of civilians flee northeast Syria amid Turkey's ongoing offensive targeting Kurdish forces in the region—an operation enabled by U.S. President Donald Trump—the Pentagon confirmed late Friday that "U.S. troops in the vicinity of Kobani came under artillery fire from Turkish positions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/syria_us_forces.png

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-10-11). U.S. and Turkey out of Syria — No to the NATO invasion! liberationnews.org Down with the Turkish invasion! U.S. and Turkey out of Syria and the Middle East!

Steve Sweeney (2019-10-11). Turkish army and militia forces surround Kurdish towns as invasion advances. peoplesworld.org Scores of Kurdish civilians, including children, were killed and injured as Turkish forces and their jihadist allies closed in on the towns of Tel Abyad and Serekaniye in northern Syria yesterday. NATO's second-largest army began its invasion after launching airstrikes across the Syrian border. Troops flooded into the largely Kurdish region east of the Euphrates …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-11). Corbyn says sanctions on Turkey could be needed if 'appalling' attacks on Kurdish areas of Syria continue. thecanary.co The British government has faced criticism for failing to act over Turkey's invasion of northern Syria. The UK's NATO ally is attacking largely-Kurdis…

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-11). If you take away freedom, all four seasons and I will die. mronline.org Turkey has invaded Syria. In particular, Turkey has crossed the border to destroy the largely Syrian Kurdish province of Rojava, south of the Turkey-Syria border and east of the Euphrates River. The green light for this invasion came from Washington, DC, when U.S. President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the U.S. […] | Source

Patrick Cockburn (2019-10-11). Kurdish Fighters Always Feared Trump Would be a Treacherous Ally. counterpunch.org In a field beside a disused railway station on the plain just south of the Syrian-Turkish frontier, a brigade of Syrian Kurdish soldiers were retraining in order to resist an invasion by the Turkish army. "We acted like a regular army when we were fighting Daesh [Isis]," Rojvan, a veteran Kurdish commander of the YPG More

Staff (2019-10-11). A Know-Nothing President Steps Into a Turkish/Kurdish Minefield. therealnews.com The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.

RT (2019-10-11). Trump nominates John Sullivan as US ambassador to Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump has nominated Deputy Secretary of State John Joseph Sullivan as the new ambassador to Russia. If confirmed by the Senate, he will fill the spot vacated by the departure of Jon Huntsman. | Sullivan, 59, has served as deputy secretary since May 2017. He was acting secretary of state in March and April 2018, following the resignation of Rex Tillerson and the confirmation of current Secretary Mike Pompeo. | Most of his previous government experience has been in law, rather than diplomacy. Early on in his career, Sullivan clerked for a Fifth Circuit appeals judge and Supreme Court Justice…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-10-11). Tulsi Gabbard and Rigged Elections. globalresearch.ca Tulsi Gabbard, who has at best minimal support by Democrats (around one percent), and zero from the corporate DNC, posted the following video earlier today. | . | . | There are so many of you who I've met in Iowa and …

Rep Tulsi Gabbard (2019-10-11). Tulsi Gabbard: "The DNC and Corporate Media Are Rigging the Election Again" globalresearch.ca Introductory note | Tulsi Gabbard has identified the nature of the electoral fraud committed by the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 primaries. | The 2016 Democratic Primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-11). US and Russia Fail to Condemn Turkish Aggression in Syria. Moscow and Washington Exercise Their UNSC Veto in Favor of Turkey's Invasion of Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, the US and Russia vetoed the same Security Council Resolution, the first time this happened since the body initially met on January 17, 1946. | On Thursday in closed-door session, an EU Security Resolution called on Turkey "to cease …

Tyler Durden (2019-10-11). US Special Forces in Syria 'Mistakenly' Bombed by Turkey. theantimedia.com "A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria."

United Nations (2019-10-11). Friday's Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media. un.org Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey's Syria offensive; history's made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist' use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

Bill Van Auken (2019-10-11). Trump Admits US Killed Millions in War Based on Lies . "We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION" globalresearch.ca Amid the storm of denunciations—extending from right-wing Republicans to the Democratic Party, the New York Times and the pseudo-left Jacobinmagazine—of his decision to pull US troops out of Syria, President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary tweet on Wednesday in defense …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-11). Channel 4 shamed other establishment outlets with its frank report on Turkey's illegal invasion of Syria. thecanary.co While other establishment media outlets held back in their reporting of NATO member Turkey's illegal invasion of northern Syria, Channel 4 put them to shame with a frank and honest analysis. | "It's called ethnic cleansing": | Channel 4's international editor Lindsey Hilsum, reporting from the largely-Kurdish region of northern Syria (aka Rojava), asked: "wh…

South Front (2019-10-11). Video: Syrian Forces Deployed against Turkish Invasion, US backed SDF Forces Seek Cooperation with Damascus Against Turkey. globalresearch.ca The withdrawal of US troops from the Turkish border has caused a kind of panic among the leadership of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which mostly consist of Kurdish militias. | On October 7, the group already speculated that the Syrian …

South Front (2019-10-11). Video: Turkey's "Operation Peace Spring". US Withdraws. Turkey Invades Northeastern Syria. Bombs US Supported YPG Forces. globalresearch.ca Turkey officially announced that it had launched a military operation in northeastern Syria. Over the past years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other representatives of the country's leadership have repeatedly announced this idea. However, this time promises were turned …

WSWS (2019-10-11). Crisis mounts over Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria. wsws.org Trump's green light for the Turkish invasion has prompted heated condemnations from his Republican allies as well as within the US military.

United Nations (2019-10-11). Turkey's Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians. un.org Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another "humanitarian catastrophe" in the war-torn country.

Sasha Abramsky (2019-10-11). Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance. thenation.com Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance…

The Canary (2019-10-11). 'There's a hundred ways to defend Rojava': a statement from British Internationalists in North East Syria. thecanary.co The Canary is proud to publish this guest post from British Internationalists currently volunteering in North East Syria (Rojava). It is written by Berivan Qereàßox, Michael Sullivan, Tania Brown, Natalia Szarek, Matt Broomfield and Dani Ellis | As of Wednesday 9 October, the fascist Turkish state along with their mercenary Jihadist gangs began their offensive against the free peoples of North East Syria. There have already been civilian casualties, injuries and displacement as a result of these attacks. | As Internationalist vo…

Brett Wilkins (2019-10-11). Mainstream Media Suddenly Care About Syrian Civilian Casualties. commondreams.org A Syrian man carried a child who was retrieved from a collapsed building following a reported U.S. coalition air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo in July 2016. (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/syria_child_afp_dd415_0.jpeg

Sarah Abed (2019-10-11). World Leaders Condemn Turkey's "Operation Peace Spring" and Demand Exercising Restraint. globalresearch.ca "Operation Peace Spring" Turkey's third cross border military operation in northern Syria, in as many years, was initiated east of the Euphrates River, on Wednesday. Turkish armed forces began heavy air and artillery strikes targeting about 180-200 Kurdish positions. Turkey's …

Staff (2019-10-11). Bipartisan Senate Report Debunks Trump-Giuliani "Spygate" Conspiracy Theory. truthout.org | | Even by the hyperactive standards of the Trump era, this week was a bit of a news overload. The White House "declared war" on the House of Representatives by declaring that impeachment is unconstitutional. The President impulsively gave the green light to Turkey to slaughter America's Kurdish allies. And the Southern District of New York arrested two of Rudy Giuliani's Ukrainian business partners and political associates as they tried to leave the country on a one-way ticket. There were a…

Doug Lummis (2019-10-11). Everything Going Wrong in Okinawa. counterpunch.org On 23 February 2016 Admiral Harry Harris, then Commander US Forces Pacific, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, was asked how the construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility was progressing. This refers to the super airbase the Japanese Defense Ministry is building at Henoko in northern Okinawa to house the units of the First More

teleSUR (2019-10-11). Iranian Oil Tanker Targeted by Two Missiles Off the Saudi Coast. telesurenglish.net An Iranian oil tanker that was traveling through the Red Sea waters on Friday was reportedly targeted by two missiles from an unidentified source, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced in an official statement. | RELATED: | Iran Reiterates Hormuz Plan Will Guarantee Peace in the Region | Iran identified the ship as the 'Sabiti', which, at the time, was traveling off the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah when the explosions were first reported at 9: 00 A.M. (Riyadh Time).

United Nations (2019-10-11). Ethiopian Prime Minister awarded Nobel Peace Prize: Guterres hails his 'people first' agenda. un.org The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for creating a pathway to stability in the Horn of Africa region.

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-11). Is "Operation Peace Spring" a Trap Sprung by Trump on Turkey? globalresearch.ca It's worthwhile to wonder whether "Operation Peace Spring" is a trap sprung by Trump on Turkey after the US created the conditions for Ankara's invasion but then proceeded to threaten punitive measures against the country after its nominal NATO "ally" …

Ross Barkan (2019-10-11). The Bronx May Send a Homophobic Democrat to Congress. thenation.com The Bronx May Send a Homophobic Democrat to Congress…

Aída Chávez (2019-10-11). Twitter Tips the Scale Toward Incumbents by Refusing to Verify Primary Challengers. theintercept.com Twitter is refusing to verify the accounts of primary challengers running for Congress in 2020, a policy that many candidates say is hurting their campaigns and helping keep the same handful of politicians in power. | Cori Bush, a community activist who challenged 10-term incumbent William Lacy Clay in the St. Louis-based district last cycle, still hasn't been verified on Twitter. She's running in Missouri's 1st Congressional District again in 2020, and even starred in a documentary about her first attempt. "Knock Down the House," the Rachel Lears film Netflix bought for a record $10 million, followed the insurge…

Staff (2019-10-11). Headlines for October 11, 2019. democracynow.org Civilians Killed & Forced to Flee Turkish Military Offensive in Northern Syria, Two Associates of Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Arrested at Dulles Airport, Prince Estate Slams Trump for Using "Purple Rain" at Minneapolis Rally, "Trans Lives Matter": Activists Interrupt CNN Democratic Town Hall, Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 100th Nobel Peace Prize, Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke Win Nobel Prize for Literature, Iranian Oil Tanker Struck in Red Sea, Ecuador: Five Killed Amid Anti-Austerity Protests, News Outlet Splinter Shutting Down, Asylum Seekers Protest "Remain in Mexico" Policy on Brownsville Bridge, Gymnast Sim…

susan_p (2019-10-11). Turkey launches genocidal invasion of Rojava. greenleft.org.au Rojava Solidarity Tony IltisIssue 1240 Syria Turkey's war on KurdistanOctober 11, 2019The horrific violence that has been devastating Syria for the past eight years is intensifying. On October 9, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan gave the or…

Staff (2019-10-11). Pentagon: U.S. Not Abandoning Kurds in Face of Turkish Attack. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon officials on Friday denied the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive, although the future of a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds was in grave doubt. | "We have not abandoned the Kurds. Let me be clear about that," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters. "We have not abandoned them. Nobody green-lighted this operation by Turkey — just the opposite. We pushed back very hard at all levels for the Turks not to commence this operation." | Esper's remarks appeared aimed at strengthening the Trump administration's arg…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-11). Tens of Thousands Flee Syrian Border Towns as Turkey Bombards Country Following Trump's Green Light. commondreams.org Human rights workers say 64,000 civilians have fled Syria since Turkey, with President Donald Trump's tacit approval, began an airstrike and shelling offensive in the northeastern region of the country on Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11749650192.jpg

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-10-11). Affirming Trump 'Is Not a King,' Federal Court Rules President Acted Unlawfully by Declaring Emergency to Obtain Wall Funding. commondreams.org "Trump circumvented Congress in an authoritarian power grab and stole military money to pay for his ridiculous vanity wall," said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.). "I welcome this ruling." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/border.wall__0.jpg

Dave Lindorff (2019-10-11). 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

RT (2019-10-10). War, sanctions or deal: Trump says US has 'three choices' with Turkey in Syria. rt.com US President Donald Trump has laid out three choices for Washington in dealing with Turkey's incursion into Syria, including a "deal" between Ankara and the US-allied Kurdish militias. | Noting that the Kurds and Turkey have been "fighting each other for 200 years" and that no US troops are in the area of Syria under attack by Turkish troops, the US president spelled out the options of his administration on Twitter, seemingly inviting a response from the general public. ….We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or me…

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…

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.

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…

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