2019-10-14: News Headlines

Khury Petersen-Smith (2019-10-14). Trump's Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War. commondreams.org Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria on October 09, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. The military action is part of a campaign to extend Turkish control of more of northern Syria. (Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-10-14). Fake news fail! ABC claims footage from Kentucky gun range shows Turkish attack on Kurdish civilians. rt.com In a scarcely believable display of extreme incompetence or bald-faced lying, ABC News has broadcast footage from a Kentucky gun show, claiming it shows a Turkish assault on Kurdish civilians in northern Syria. | The news organization made the humiliating fumble on its World News Tonight show on Sunday and then again on Good Morning America on Monday. It featured in a package that was heavily critical of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria. | "Slaughter in Syria," the on-screen graphic screamed as anchor Tom Llamas introduced the footage. "This video, right here, appeari…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-10-14). As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis. counterpunch.org "Never get into a well with an American rope" goes the saying spreading across the Middle East, as the US abandons its Kurdish allies in Syria to a Turkish invasion force. People in the region are traditionally cynical about the loyalty of great powers to their local friends, but even they are shocked by the speed and ruthlessness with which Donald Trump greenlit the Turkish attack. More

Alan Macleod (2019-10-14). Media Yells "Cut!" When Trump Forgets His Lines and Says Something Anti-War. mintpressnews.com When it comes to substantive issues that the elite all agree on (such as foreign policy), there is little to no pushback against the president, excepting when he utters statements that are read as critical of war and militarism.

Juan Cole (2019-10-14). The U.S. Could Be Forcing the Kurds Into Assad's Arms. truthdig.com American refusal to aid Kurdish allies as Turkey invades Northeastern Syria may end up inadvertently helping the government of Bashar Assad.

The Canary (2019-10-14). Catalan leaders convicted by Spain's Supreme Court for secession attempt. thecanary.co Spain's supreme court has convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in the secession movement of 2017.The court sentenced former regional vice president Oriol Junqueras to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds.Journalists waiting outside the court (AP/Paul White)The 12 were tried for their actions in a 2017 attempt by Catalonia to break away from Spain following an independence referendum that Spain declared illegal.Grassroots pro-secession groups have previously said that if any of the defendants were found guilty they would organise protests and "peaceful civil disobedienc…

Renee Parsons (2019-10-14). Will the Democratic Party Exist after 2020 Election? globalresearch.ca Even before Rep. Tulsi Gabbard threatened to boycott the upcoming Dem debate as the DNC usurps the role of voters in the Democratic primacy 2020 election and with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on the table, the Swamp …

Fréa Lockley (2019-10-14). Turkish invaders in Syria have killed at least 39 civilians so far — including children. thecanary.co On 9 October, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan launched an illegal invasion of largely-Kurdish areas in northern Syria (aka Rojava). And the latest reports indicate that Turkey has killed at least 39 civilians and injured over 100. | "Martyred": | A r…

WSWS (2019-10-14). Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria. wsws.org A large-scale Middle East war could strangle the world's oil supply and escalate into a war between nuclear-armed powers. The working class is coming face to face with the real possibility of a Third World War.

George Stacey (2019-10-14). Norvergence — From Syrian children holding Pokemon Go placard to save their lives to climate change protest: Why the children give us hope for the better future. nationofchange.org Environmentalists at Norvergence believe that the different ways in which today's generation especially children are raising their voice against injustice or climate change, it seems the future of this planet is in safe hands. September 20, 2019, millions of people have come out in large numbers to protest against climate change demanding urgent action. The …

Kurdish Community Center and BALB (2019-10-14). Emergency Daytime Rally to defend NE Syria. indybay.org Union Square NW corner, Post and Powell…

teleSUR (2019-10-14). Trump Prepares to Drop Sanctions Hammer on Turkey. telesurenglish.net Early this week, the White House is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey. | RELATED: | In Southern Mexico, Migrants Gather in Caravan to Reach US | Using the U.S. military to stop the Turkish offensive on Kurdish fighters was never an option, defense officials have said, and Trump asked the Pentagon on Sunday to begin a "deliberate" withdrawal of all American troops f…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-14). Military deal sees Syrian army support Kurdish-led resistance to Turkish invasion. thecanary.co The Syrian army has now deployed near the Turkish border. This came hours after Kurdish-led defence forces in northern Syria (aka Rojava) said they had reached a deal with Damascus to help them resist Turkey's illegal invasion. | A "military" deal to defeat Turkish-led invaders: | On Monday morning, Syria's state news agency said that the army had moved into…

Staff (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as US Abandons Former Allies. truthout.org | | Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault…

Fight Back (2019-10-14). Tucson demands "U.S.-NATO hands off Syria" fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – Nearly a dozen anti-war activists answered the call for an emergency rally Friday afternoon, October 11, to make the demand that the U.S. and NATO member Turkey leave Syria. Amid rush hour traffic moving through downtown, there were several honks of solidarity with the message on posters saying: "U.S.-NATO out of Syria" and "U.S. hands off Syria." | Earlier in the week, President Trump announced that U.S. troops would be leaving northern Syria. This created an uproar in the corporate mainstream media that the U.S. would be "abandoning an ally" in regional Kurdish forces. A few days later, Turkey, a U…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-14). Kurds Ally with Damascus Against Turkish Aggression. globalresearch.ca Kurds in northern Syria comprise around 10% of the nation's population, its largest ethnic minority. | Their relationship with Damascus has been uneasy at best, stormy at worst. They seek local autonomy. | Syrian authorities want the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity …

United Nations (2019-10-14). Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief. un.org The ongoing Turkish military incursion in northeast Syria could unintentionally lead to the release of scores of people associated with the terrorist group ISIL, the UN Secretary-General fears.

Brett Wilkins (2019-10-14). 'No Friend But the Mountains': A History of US Betrayal of the Kurds. counterpunch.org To be clear, what follows is not an endorsement of a continued US military presence in Syria. There is, however, a difference between President Donald Trump attempting to fulfill a campaign promise to end American involvement in wars that have cost so much in blood and treasure and giving the green light to what many More

Kim Petersen (2019-10-14). Lessons Not Learned from History Can Kill You. dissidentvoice.org The Kurds in Northern Syria have been abandoned by the United States military and left to the mercy/mercilessness of the invading Turks. This is what's happening in N. Syria now. Most stable part of the country is being ruined. These armed groups are executing people on M4 Highway earlier today pic.twitter.com/kw7s29NvlW — Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) …

teleSUR (2019-10-14). Turkey Claims Kurds Allowed IS Group Prisoners to Escape. telesurenglish.net Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar Monday accused Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters of emptying a jail holding Islamic State group prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive, and that the prisoners there had been abducted. | RELATED: | Syrian Kurds Announce Deal with Damascus to Challenge Turkey | Turkey launched a cross-border operation against the YPG militia in northeastern Syria last week, after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw forces from tw…

WSWS (2019-10-14). Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria! wsws.org As Ankara seeks a militarist solution to ethnic and class conflicts inflamed by decades of imperialist interventions, the Middle East and the world are on the brink of all-out war.

Rob Kall (2019-10-14). Republicans Are Going to Remove Trump Soon. counterpunch.org It will not be long before Trump is out of the White House and off the 2020 presidential ballot. In spite of what virtually all the mainstream media have been saying about impeachment going nowhere in the Senate, I am very confident that Trump will not be president and will not be on the ballot More

Telesur (2019-10-14). Lula Receives Human Rights Prize from Prison. globalresearch.ca The AFL-CIO Lula's decades of struggle for the advancement of workers' rights, the strengthening of Brazilian democracy and their struggle for greater equality and justice in the world. | Just a few hours before this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner was …

WSWS (2019-10-14). This week in history: October 14- 20. wsws.org 25 years ago: Hamas terrorist attack kills 22 On October 19, 1994, 22 civilians were killed and 50 more were injured in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv by the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas. The attack came on the eve of the signing of the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace and was coupled with two other terrorist acts the same week.

Fight Back (2019-10-14). MN backs Rage Against the War Machine protest in DC. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 40 protesters braved the first snow of the season at the busy intersection of Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis on October 12 to say no to U.S. endless wars. The protest was called by the MN Peace Action Coalition in conjunction with the Rage Against the War Machine organized by the Women's March on the Pentagon the same weekend in Washington DC. | Autumn Lake, an organizer with the MN Anti-War Committee, started off the program, "Our protest today comes a day after the Pentagon announced that nearly 2000 additional U.S. troops are being sent to Saudi Arabia in preparation for…

Global Research News (2019-10-14). Selected Articles: Turkey's Aggression against Syria. globalresearch.ca In spite of online censorship efforts directed against the independent media, we are happy to say that readership on globalresearch.ca has recently increased. We wish to thank all of you who share our articles far and wide. | We cover a …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-14). 'Too Little, Too Late': Critics Pan Trump Plan to Sanction Turkey. commondreams.org "Trump's statement on hitting Turkey with sanctions over the military operation in Syria does not mention the Kurds once." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-14). Citing 'Moral Duty to Take Radical Action,' Over 700 Scientists Endorse Mass Civil Disobedience to Fight Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and ecological crisis now justifies peaceful and nonviolent protest and direct action, even if this goes beyond the bounds of the current law." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-14). In Victory for People's Movement, Ecuador Protests End With Government Capitulation on Fuel Subsidies. commondreams.org "We want peace for our brothers and sisters in this country. We don't want more repression." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault. democracynow.org Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…

Staff (2019-10-14). Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed, Awarded Nobel Prize, Celebrated for "Remarkable Change" in Horn of Africa. democracynow.org Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in an announcement Friday morning. The prime minister last year helped broker a historic peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea, where leaders of the neighboring countries signed a "Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship" and declared an end to nearly two decades of a "state of war" that lasted from 1998 to 2000 and killed 70,000 people. Soon after the peace declaration was signed, the first direct flights between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years took off from Addis Ababa, headed to Eritrea's capital Asmara. Ahmed has also lifted the…

Staff (2019-10-14). Headlines for October 14, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis, Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Cancel IMF Loan, Uganda LGBT Activists Fight Possib…

RT (2019-10-13). Crocodile tears? Hillary Clinton tweets that 'sickening horror' in Syria is 'one man's fault' and gets reminded of her deeds. rt.com Hillary Clinton has retweeted a post by an NBC correspondent about 'atrocities' unleashed by Turkey's incursion in Syria, hinting that it's all President Donald Trump's fault. Twitter sent her down Memory Lane. | "This sickening horror is one man's fault," she tweeted on Saturday night, commenting on a tweet by NBC's Richard Engel, who said US military officials are concerned that the Turkish offensive "opens the door to BOTH ethnic cleansing of Kurds and return of ISIS/Al-Qaeda." | This sickening horror is one man's fault. t.co/iMe5cCPkDm— Hillary Clinton (@…

The Canary (2019-10-13). Hundreds of Daesh supporters escape in northern Syria as the Turkish invasion continues. thecanary.co Turkish forces have approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria (aka Rojava), setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Daesh (Isis/Isil) supporters to escape from a camp.The move also prompted US soldiers to withdraw from a nearby base.A US military official said the situation across Rojava was "deteriorating rapidly" and that American forces were cut off from the Syrian Kurdish fighters they had previously partnered with.The official said US t…

teleSUR (2019-10-13). 750 Suspected IS Group Members Fled Camp Due to Turkish Strikes. telesurenglish.net Around 750 people with suspected links to the Islamic State Group have reportedly fled a displacement camp in north-east Syria as a result of Turkish strikes against Kurdish forces. | RELATED: | Turkey Advances in Northeast Syria Despite US, EU Criticism | The news came after the United States asked all of its 1,000 troops to withdraw "as safely and quick…

teleSUR (2019-10-13). Syrian Kurds Announce Deal with Damascus to Challenge Turkey. telesurenglish.net The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced Sunday that a deal with the Syrian government to defy Turkey was reached, with the deployement of Syrian troops to the northern border as a first move. | RELATED: | 750 Suspected IS Group Members Fled Camp Due to Turkish Strikes | "In order to prevent and confront this aggression [Turkey's attacks on northern Syria], an agreement has been reached with the Syrian government… so that the Syrian army can deploy along the…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-13). Proposed US Sanctions against Turkey. Why? Washington Supports Turkish Aggression in Northeast Syria. globalresearch.ca US sanctions are war by other means on targeted countries. The Senate, House, and White House are preparing them on Turkey — nothing imposed so far. | They're unrelated to Ankara's alliance with US war on the Syrian Arab Republic, nor …

Jason Ditz (2019-10-13). As Turkey Advances, Syrian Army Moves to Confront Invasion. theantimedia.com The Syrian Army has begun deploying further north to potentially confront the Turkish invasion.

teleSUR (2019-10-13). US: Pentagon to Cooperate in Trump's Impeachment Investigation. telesurenglish.net United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reported Sunday that the Pentagon would cooperate with the Democrat-led House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Trump Defies Impeachment Inquiry, Makes Charges More Certain | Through CBS and Fox News, Esper expressed the Pentagon's position on the investigation saying they "will do everything we can to cooperate with Congress and we will do everything we can to answer your questions." | The Secretary of…

teleSUR (2019-10-13). Pakistan Premier to Help Low Iran, Saudi Row. telesurenglish.net Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held talks Sunday in Tehran with the aim of calming rising tensions in the Gulf and mediating between regional enemies Iran and Saudi Arabia. | RELATED: | Iran Says They Are Ready For Peace Talks With Saudi Arabia | Pakistan's prime minister arrived to Tehran as part of the first phase of a tour that also includes a stop in Saudi Arabia next Tuesday. | At a press conference, the Pakistani leader talked about…

teleSUR (2019-10-13). Iran's Khamenei Asks Elite Guard to Develop More Advanced Arms. telesurenglish.net Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Sunday to develop more advanced and modern weapons, amid increasingly tense disputes with the United States and Gulf Arab states. | RELATED: | Iran Says They Are Ready For Peace Talks With Saudi Arabia | Tensions in the Gulf have risen to new highs since May 2018, when the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 international nuclear accord with Tehran that put limits on its nuclear program…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-13). Kurds Strike Deal With Syrian Government to Battle Turkey's Offensive After Trump Orders Evacuation of Remaining US Troops. commondreams.org Kurdish forces in northern Syria announced Sunday that the Syrian government has agreed to deploy troops to battle an ongoing Turkish offensive against the Kurds after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the remaining 1,000 American troops in the region. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-13). Remember the media outrage when Turkey was found guilty of war crimes? No, neither do we. thecanary.co NATO member Turkey invaded northern Syria on 9 October, attacking largely-Kurdish fighters who led the way in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). There are now allegations that "Turkish-backed terrorist groups are committing war crimes" in the region. And that wouldn't come as a surprise. Because although there was little…

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.

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

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 …

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

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…

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…