Daily Archives: October 15, 2019

2019-10-15: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-15). Why I stand by 70 years old Communist China. dissidentvoice.org Happy Birthday, People's Republic of China! Heartfelt Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday, and thank you for being here, for standing, for not bending down and never surrendering. The capitalist world is in decay. The West is rotting. Anger and nihilism are pouring from the imperialist empire whose citizens are frustrated; not at peace with themselves. Imperialist …

Ron Jacobs (2019-10-15). Betrayal in the Levant. counterpunch.org Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military More

Ralph Nader (2019-10-15). The Congress Has to Draw the Line. counterpunch.org "I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President." Really! It is time for the House of Representatives to announce comprehensive articles of impeachment against the chronic outlaw and violator of the public trust — President Donald J. Trump who won the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote. Six More

Vassilis K. Fouskas (2019-10-15). Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration decision to allow Turkey to have a free ride in Rojava, North-East Syria opens the door for new disasters for all, especially the civilians on the ground. More, it confirms the decline of US power in the …

Photos and Text (2019-10-15). Kurds in San Francisco Protest Betrayal by the US. indybay.org Trump forces our former ally into arms of our enemy, Syria's Assad. Russia, Iran and ISIS to benefit.

Pepe Escobar (2019-10-15). Kurds Face Stark Options after US Pullback from Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-10-15). Trump Dumps the Kurds: US and Russian Officers "Coordinate Military Movements" in Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca The US and Russian military officers met late last night in Al Farat, a small village north of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, according to media 'Al Mayadeen'. | *** | The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate military movements in the …

Juan Cole (2019-10-15). What Made Trump Change His Mind About Turkey? truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Trump is slapping sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria after Trump told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that it would be all right for him to invade northern Syria. | It is really difficult to be an analyst of foreign affairs in the age of Trump, because we try to understand policy moves with regard to their logic. Much of what Trump does seems illogical. | Trump's lo…

Arabi Souri (2019-10-15). Syria Has Restored 1554 Schools Completely Destroyed by NATO Sponsored Terrorists. globalresearch.ca Syrian Ministry of Education managed to restore and rehabilitate 1554 schools and set the plans to rehabilitate 1000 other schools achieving 90% of the current plan thus far. 10,000 teaching jobs to be added in a month from now. | In …

United Nations (2019-10-15). Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues 'on both sides' of border with Turkey. un.org Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.

Zero Hedge (2019-10-15). Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' as Trump Authorizes Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-15). One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal. globalresearch.ca Last Friday a 155 mm artillery shell landed 300 metres from a US command post near the Syrian bordering city of Ayn al-Arab (known by the Syrian Kurds as "Kobane") during an ongoing operation carried out by Turkey — a …

South Front (2019-10-15). Video: Turkish Offensive in Northern Syria Pushed Kurds into Hands of Assad and Moscow. War Report. globalresearch.ca The defense of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is steadily collapsing under pressure from the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish-backed militant groups, branded as the National Syrian Army. | Since the start of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey-led forces have captured …

Aaron Maté (2019-10-15). Pushback: Aaron Maté and Ben Norton discuss Syria war, US withdrawal, Turkish invasion. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone hosted its first YouTube livestream of Pushback with Aaron Maté, featuring Ben Norton. We discussed the Syria war,…

Philip Giraldi (2019-10-15). Trump Wants to End the "Stupid Wars"? globalresearch.ca The discussion, if one might even call it that, regarding the apparent President Donald Trump decision to withdraw at least some American soldiers from Syria has predictably developed along partisan, ideologically fueled lines. Trump has inevitably muddied the waters by …

Fight Back (2019-10-15). Coalition to March on the DNC 2020 gets off to a good start with its first action. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – The first meeting for the Coalition to March on the DNC took place on the evening of October 11, concluding with a demonstration and rally. The coalition is comprised of many progressive activist groups united around nine demands – or points of unity – that serve as a basis and also a guide to action. Some of these points are "Legalization for all; no more deportations" and "Fight to expand union and worker rights." | The coalition plans to march during the Democratic National Convention next July. Though a request for a permit to march has been submitted, the coalition is still awaiting a respons…

Robert Reich (2019-10-15). Robert Reich: Trump Is Selling Out the U.S. to the Highest Bidder. truthdig.com The president is a xenophobe in public and an international gangster in private. Congress has a responsibility to remove him from office.

Thomas Mountain (2019-10-15). Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize, But It Takes Two to Make Peace. counterpunch.org Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Peace which begs the question, if it takes two sides to fight a war doesn't it take two sides to make peace? Just as it takes two hands to clap it takes two to make peace and P.M. Abiy has taken pains More

United Nations (2019-10-15). Security Council marks transition from 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti. un.org Although 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti has drawn to a close, the Organization's commitment to strengthening and stabilizing the country, will continue, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

WSWS (2019-10-15). Germany's IG Metall union calls for alliance with government and corporations against workers. wsws.org IG Metall is offering the services of its apparatus to ensure labour peace in the factories and impose the cuts demanded by Germany's ruling elite.

Global Research News (2019-10-15). Selected Articles: Trump Imposes Sanctions on Turkey. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Staff (2019-10-15). Headlines for October 15, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Advance Across Northern Syria After Deal with Kurds, Ex-Top Russia Adviser Testified Bolton Called Giuliani a "Hand Grenade", 12 Democrats Will Take the Stage for Presidential Debate in Ohio Tonight, Fort Worth Cop Charged for Murder After Killing Atatiana Jefferson, Judge: Trump Broke Law by Declaring Emergency to Secure Border Funding, Arizona: Bulldozers Destroyed Protected Cacti to Clear Way for Trump Wall, 8-Year-Old Girl Easily Scales Replica of Trump's "Impenetrable" Border Wall, Protests Erupt at Barcelona Airport over Sentencing of Catalan Leaders, Mexico: 14 Police Officers Killed in Ambus…

Editor (2019-10-15). U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! workers.org The conflict within the U.S. ruling class about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria has created some confusion about events there. The latest new development — an alliance of Kurdish-based forces with the Syrian national army to defend the border from the Turkish army — may increase that confusion. To . . . | Continue reading U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! at Workers.org

Staff (2019-10-14). Trump Orders Turkey Sanctions as U.S. Scrambles for Syria Exit. truthdig.com The president says he is halting trade negotiations and raising steel tariffs in an effort to restrain the Turks' assault on Kurdish fighters.

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.

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

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…

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…

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…

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) …

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 Reinstate Fuel Subsidies, Uganda LGBT Activists Fig…

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…

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…

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 (@…

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.

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 …

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.

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!

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…

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.

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.

2019-10-15: Social Media Postees

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Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' as Trump Authorizes Sanctions
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is …
globalresearch.ca/erdogan-holding-50-us-tactical-nukes-hostage-trump-authorizes-sanctions/5692052

Pushback: Aaron Maté and Ben Norton discuss Syria war, US withdrawal, Turkish invasion
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-15
The Grayzone hosted its first YouTube livestream of Pushback with Aaron Maté, featuring Ben Norton. We discussed the Syria war,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/14/aaron-mate-be…

Video: Turkish Offensive in Northern Syria Pushed Kurds into Hands of Assad and Moscow. War Report
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The defense of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is steadily collapsing under pressure from the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish-backed militant groups, branded as the National Syrian Army. | Since the start of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey-led forces have captured …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkish-offensive-northern-syria-pushed-kurds-hands-assad-moscow/5691977

Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price
Vassilis K. Fouskas | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The Trump administration decision to allow Turkey to have a free ride in Rojava, North-East Syria opens the door for new disasters for all, especially the civilians on the ground. More, it confirms the decline of US power in the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-bankrupt-syria-policy/5691843

Kurds in San Francisco Protest Betrayal by the US
Photos and Text | indybay.org | 2019-10-15
Trump forces our former ally into arms of our enemy, Syria's Assad. Russia, Iran and ISIS to benefit.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/14/1882727…

Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues 'on both sides' of border with Turkey
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-15
Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1…

Syria Has Restored 1554 Schools Completely Destroyed by NATO Sponsored Terrorists
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
Syrian Ministry of Education managed to restore and rehabilitate 1554 schools and set the plans to rehabilitate 1000 other schools achieving 90% of the current plan thus far. 10,000 teaching jobs to be added in a month from now. | In …
globalresearch.ca/syria-restored-1554-schools-completely-destroyed-nato-terrorists/5692069

Trump Wants to End the "Stupid Wars"?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The discussion, if one might even call it that, regarding the apparent President Donald Trump decision to withdraw at least some American soldiers from Syria has predictably developed along partisan, ideologically fueled lines. Trump has inevitably muddied the waters by …
globalresearch.ca/trump-wants-end-stupid-wars/5692062

Trump Dumps the Kurds: US and Russian Officers "Coordinate Military Movements" in Northeastern Syria
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The US and Russian military officers met late last night in Al Farat, a small village north of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, according to media 'Al Mayadeen'. | *** | The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate military movements in the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-dumps-the-kurds-into-the-hands-of-damascus-us-and-russia-officers-coordinate-military-movements-in-northeastern-syria/5691836

One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
Last Friday a 155 mm artillery shell landed 300 metres from a US command post near the Syrian bordering city of Ayn al-Arab (known by the Syrian Kurds as "Kobane") during an ongoing operation carried out by Turkey — a …
globalresearch.ca/one-rocket-provoked-us-withdrawal-details-kurdish-russian-syrian-deal/5692031

U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-10-15
The conflict within the U.S. ruling class about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria has created some confusion about events there. The latest new development — an alliance of Kurdish-based forces with the Syrian national army to defend the border from the Turkish army — may increase that confusion. To . . . | Continue reading U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! at Workers.org
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What Made Trump Change His Mind About Turkey?
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Trump is slapping sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria after Trump told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that it would be all right for him to invade northern Syria. | It is really difficult to be an analyst of foreign affairs in the age of Trump, because we try to understand policy moves with regard to their logic. Much of what Trump does seems illogical. | Trump's lo…
truthdig.com/articles/why-is-trump-threa…

Betrayal in the Levant
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/15/betrayal-in-…

Kurds Face Stark Options after US Pullback from Northern Syria
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a …
globalresearch.ca/kurds-face-stark-options-us-pullback/5691988

The Congress Has to Draw the Line
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
"I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President." Really! It is time for the House of Representatives to announce comprehensive articles of impeachment against the chronic outlaw and violator of the public trust — President Donald J. Trump who won the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote. Six…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/15/the-congress…

Coalition to March on the DNC 2020 gets off to a good start with its first action
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-15
Milwaukee, WI – The first meeting for the Coalition to March on the DNC took place on the evening of October 11, concluding with a demonstration and rally. The coalition is comprised of many progressive activist groups united around nine demands – or points of unity – that serve as a basis and also a guide to action. Some of these points are "Legalization for all; no more deportations" and "Fight to expand union and worker rights." | The coalition plans to march during the Democratic National Convention next July. Though a request for a permit to march has been submitted, the coalition is still awaiting a respons…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/10/15/coaliti…

Robert Reich: Trump Is Selling Out the U.S. to the Highest Bidder
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
The president is a xenophobe in public and an international gangster in private. Congress has a responsibility to remove him from office.
truthdig.com/articles/robert-reich-trump…

Germany's IG Metall union calls for alliance with government and corporations against workers
wsws.org | 2019-10-15
IG Metall is offering the services of its apparatus to ensure labour peace in the factories and impose the cuts demanded by Germany's ruling elite.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/15/meta…

Why I stand by 70 years old Communist China
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-15
Happy Birthday, People's Republic of China! Heartfelt Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday, and thank you for being here, for standing, for not bending down and never surrendering. The capitalist world is in decay. The West is rotting. Anger and nihilism are pouring from the imperialist empire whose citizens are frustrated; not at peace with themselves. Imperialist …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/why-i-stand-b…

Security Council marks transition from 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-15
Although 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti has drawn to a close, the Organization's commitment to strengthening and stabilizing the country, will continue, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1…

Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize, But It Takes Two to Make Peace
Thomas Mountain | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Peace which begs the question, if it takes two sides to fight a war doesn't it take two sides to make peace? Just as it takes two hands to clap it takes two to make peace and P.M. Abiy has taken pains…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/15/ethiopias-ab…

Selected Articles: Trump Imposes Sanctions on Turkey
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-trump-imposes-sanctions-turkey/5692090

Trump's Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War
Khury Petersen-Smith | commondreams.org | 2019-10-14
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…
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Tucson demands "U.S.-NATO hands off Syria"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-14
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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/10/14/tucson-…

Military deal sees Syrian army support Kurdish-led resistance to Turkish invasion
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
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…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/10/14/military-deal-sees-syrian-army-support-kurdish-led-resistance-to-turkish-invasion/

As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-14
"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.
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Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-14
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.
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Turkish invaders in Syria have killed at least 39 civilians so far — including children
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
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…
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Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-14
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.
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Lessons Not Learned from History Can Kill You
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-14
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) …
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Fake news fail! ABC claims footage from Kentucky gun range shows Turkish attack on Kurdish civilians
rt.com | 2019-10-14
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…
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Trump Orders Turkey Sanctions as U.S. Scrambles for Syria Exit
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-14
The president says he is halting trade negotiations and raising steel tariffs in an effort to restrain the Turks' assault on Kurdish fighters.
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MN backs Rage Against the War Machine protest in DC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-14
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…
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Catalan leaders convicted by Spain's Supreme Court for secession attempt
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
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…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/10/14/catalan-leaders-convicted-by-spains-supreme-court-for-secession-attempt/

Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
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…
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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed, Awarded Nobel Prize, Celebrated for "Remarkable Change" in Horn of Africa
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
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…
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'Too Little, Too Late': Critics Pan Trump Plan to Sanction Turkey
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-14
"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…
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Crocodile tears? Hillary Clinton tweets that 'sickening horror' in Syria is 'one man's fault' and gets reminded of her deeds
rt.com | 2019-10-13
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 (@…
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As Turkey Advances, Syrian Army Moves to Confront Invasion
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-13
The Syrian Army has begun deploying further north to potentially confront the Turkish invasion.

As Turkey Advances, Syrian Army Moves to Confront Invasion

Turkey's Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-11
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.
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U.S. and Turkey out of Syria — No to the NATO invasion!
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-11
Down with the Turkish invasion! U.S. and Turkey out of Syria and the Middle East!
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Friday's Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-11
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.
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US Special Forces in Syria 'Mistakenly' Bombed by Turkey
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-11
"A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria."

US Special Forces in Syria 'Mistakenly' Bombed by Turkey

Turkish army and militia forces surround Kurdish towns as invasion advances
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-11
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 …
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TKP statement: Hands off Syria!
Central Committee, The Communist Party of Turkey | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-11
AKP is committing a great crime for the last eight years. AKP disregards the sovereignty of another country.
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If you take away freedom, all four seasons and I will die
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-10-11
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…
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A Know-Nothing President Steps Into a Turkish/Kurdish Minefield
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
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.
therealnews.com/stories/president-steps-…

Twitter Tips the Scale Toward Incumbents by Refusing to Verify Primary Challengers
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-10-11
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…
theintercept.com/2019/10/11/twitter-veri…

Trump nominates John Sullivan as US ambassador to Russia
rt.com | 2019-10-11
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…
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Ethiopian Prime Minister awarded Nobel Peace Prize: Guterres hails his 'people first' agenda
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-11
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.
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