2019-10-18: News Headlines

Daniel Beaumont (2019-10-18). Pressing Done Here: Syria, Iraq and "Informed Discussion" counterpunch.org Yes, Iraq too again. Innocent Iraqis, most of them young, are being shot and killed now by the hundreds as they protest the corruption and incompetence of the current government. The title of Patrick Cockburn's last article about Iraq is "Iraq is in Revolt" (CounterPunch, October 7, 2019). The US "liberation" of Iraq in 2003 More

Daniel Warner (2019-10-18). Greta the Disturber. counterpunch.org Greta Thunberg has become an international figure. The sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist has gone from a lonely student skipping school on Fridays to protest for more action on global warming to being nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Greta has become a global player. The New York City Board of Education officially excused over More

Tim Wheeler (2019-10-18). "Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings. peoplesworld.org I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-18). Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant. globalresearch.ca Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …

Arabi Souri (2019-10-18). Syrian Army Entered Ayn al-Arab at the Borders with Turkey. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army is deploying at Ayn Al-Arab, the tip of the Syrian northern borders with Turkey, its vanguards arriving in Raqqa, the city which US forces obliterated quite deliberately and claimed it had been liberated it from its …

Almasdar News (2019-10-18). US Military Unlikely to Withdraw from Eastern Syria and Its Oil Fields. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. | According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won't …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-18). Contradictory US/Turkey Ceasefire in Northern Syria. Turkey is Playing the US and Russia Cards Simultaneously. globalresearch.ca On Thursday in Ankara, Turkish President Erdogan met with Mike Pence and Pompeo, a joint statement by both sides issued following talks. See below. | Trump regime hardliners want their imperial agenda in Syria continued, notably aiming to undermine Russian efforts …

WSWS (2019-10-18). US claims "ceasefire" deal in Turkey's invasion of Syria. wsws.org After US Vice President Pence and Turkish President Erdogan met Thursday, Turkish officials bragged that Ankara got everything it wanted.

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-18). Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/17/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Nermeen Shaikh (2019-10-18). "Meltdown": Trump defends Syria withdrawal as house votes 354 to 60 to condemn his actions. nationofchange.org As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish …

Brandon Smith (2019-10-18). The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos. globalresearch.ca For many years now I have focused a considerable amount of analysis on the subject of Syria, with an emphasis on the country's importance to the global elites as a kind of geopolitical detonator; the first domino in a …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-10-18). Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War. commondreams.org Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. – Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. (Photo: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

United Nations (2019-10-18). Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety. un.org Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-18). Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player. globalresearch.ca The United States of America emerged victorious from the Second World War, and came out stronger than any other country in the world. The allies- notably the Soviet Union- won the war but emerged much weaker. They needed to reconstruct …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-10-18). The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins. globalresearch.ca "Moscow and Damascus have always maintained they are against any form of partition or illegal foreign presence in Syria." | Moscow has managed to maintain contacts with all parties in the conflict, even in spite of its stance against partition and …

Staff (2019-10-18). Is Trump More Concerned With Erdoƒüan Relationship Than With Kurdish Lives? truthout.org After meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara on Thursday, Turkish officials agreed to temporarily pause Turkey's invasion of the Rojava autonomous region in northeast Syria in exchange for the lifting of U.S. sanctions. While the agreement may prevent further bloodshed and blunt a growing humanitarian crisis, it represents a victory for Turkey's authoritarian president and a setback for Syrian Kurdish militias that allied with the United States in the fight against ISIS. | The Syrian D…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-18). It's Curtains for US in Syria. Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan. globalresearch.ca The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and …

commondreams (2019-10-18). As NBC Rejects Calls for Independent, Outside Investigation, Women's Group Urges DNC to Cancel Upcoming Presidential Primary Debate on MSNBC. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-10-18). Sharon Tennison's Closer Look at Russia. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…

teleSUR (2019-10-18). Activists Mount "Sick-In" To Highlight Pollution in Chile. telesurenglish.net Greenpeace activists and residents of communities suffering from industrial pollution created a mock hospital ward outside the Chilean presidential palace on Thursday to demand that the government commit to shutting down coal-fired power plants by 2030. | RELATED: | Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished | About 20 people were lying in hospital beds, hooked up to oxygen tanks and covered by sheets "stained" with pollution. | The aim of the…

Nino Pagliccia (2019-10-18). Peace Restored in Ecuador, But is trust? counterpunch.org After ten people were reported killed on the streets of Ecuador, together with about 2,000 people injured and a large number imprisoned, an agreement was reached between the Lenin Moreno government and protesters against a controversial Decree 883 that had the footprint of the neoliberal austerity policies of the IMF. For the time being the More

Hatewatch Staff (2019-10-18). Anti-immigrant Group Leader Maria Espinoza Runs for Congress Again. splcenter.org Maria Espinoza, the national director of the anti-immigrant hate group the Remembrance Project, is running again for Congress in her home district in Texas.

Akela Lacy (2019-10-18). Senate Republicans to Hold "Save the Senate" Retreat at Trump Hotel. theintercept.com The Senate Republicans' campaign arm is hosting a multi-day retreat at the Trump International Hotel next month, the latest in a series of GOP events that have the added purpose of enriching the president's company. | The National Republican Senatorial Committee is hosting a "Save the Senate" retreat from November 7 to 8 at the Washington, D.C., hotel. Listed on the invitation as attending are Donald Tr…

Julia Conley (2019-10-18). Sallie Mae's Hawaii retreat while millions struggle to repay loans bolsters argument to 'cancel all student debt,' Sanders says. nationofchange.org Critics of the United States' student debt crisis took aim at loan corporation Sallie Mae on Friday after NBC News reported on a trip the company's executives took over the summer to Hawaii to celebrate record-breaking sales in 2018. NBC reported Thursday night that more than 100 executives and salespeople used some of the profits raked in from 45 million Americans who …

Staff (2019-10-18). Headlines for October 18, 2019. democracynow.org Under U.S. Deal, Turkish Occupation of Northern Syria Continues; Ethnic Cleansing Feared, "We Do That All the Time": Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo over Ukraine, Ambassador Sondland Confirms Giuliani Pushed Ukraine Policy, Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign, U.S. to Host G7 at Trump Resort in Possible Violation of Constitution, Civilian Casualties Reach New High in Afghanistan, Corbyn Urges Labour Party Members to Reject New Brexit Deal, Chicago Teacher Strike Enters Second Day, NYC City Council Backs Plan to Close Rikers as Activists Call for No New Jails, Cuban Asylum Seeker Dies in Solitary Confinement in…

susan_p (2019-10-18). Danish Red-Green Alliance congress — Organising for climate and social justice. greenleft.org.au Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-18). As Trump Downplays Attack on Kurds, Amnesty Details Turkish War Crimes and 'Utterly Callous Disregard for Civilian Life'. commondreams.org "Killing defenseless people in cold blood is utterly reprehensible and a blatant war crime," said Amnesty International secretary general Kumi Naidoo | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-18). Sallie Mae's Hawaii Retreat While Millions Struggle to Repay Loans Bolsters Argument to 'Cancel All Student Debt,' Sanders Says. commondreams.org Critics of the United States' student debt crisis directed outrage at loan corporation Sallie Mae on Friday after NBC News reported on a recent trip its executives took to Hawaii to celebrate record-breaking sales in 2018. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-18). Ocasio-Cortez nails why Trump's latest pact is so utterly disturbing. thecanary.co On 17 October, the US announced a highly controversial deal with Turkey that would supposedly see Turkish-led invaders suspend their attacks on northern Syria (aka Rojava). The condition was essentially that the largely-Kurdish communities of Rojava would have to stop resisting and leave their homes behind. Turkey would then move other people into the area to replace them (as it previousl…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-18). US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of Isis. dissidentvoice.org There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media's framing of Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to like Trump or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the sudden departure of US forces from northern Syria to …

Marco Terrugi (2019-10-18). First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity. workers.org The following is based on a slightly modified translation by Resumen Latinoamericano, published Sept. 21. The First International Women's Congress for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, held in Caracas [Sept. 19-21], assembled representatives of 110 organizations from 23 countries from all over the world. The proposal and plans for the . . . | Continue reading First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity at Workers.org

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-17). It's Curtains for US in Syria: Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan. dissidentvoice.org The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and the Assad regime. We have a complex scenario where on the one hand the Turkish …

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Sorting Facts From Fiction About the US Withdrawal From Syria. mintpressnews.com If one believes in the restoration of international law and the tenets of the UN Charter, then the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from northern Syria is a good thing. Here are some facts and history that explain why.

Staff (2019-10-17). Can the US Protect the Kurds Without Using Military Force? therealnews.com The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria, making it look like Democrats are wedded to military intervention. Is there an alternative that protects the Kurds without the use of the U.S. military?

Umar Farooq (2019-10-17). Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria. theintercept.com The abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Syria means nobody knows who will eventually control the 10,000 ISIS fighters there or where they will wind up.

RT (2019-10-17). Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it. rt.com Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…

Staff (2019-10-17). U.S., Turkey Agree on Turkish Cease-Fire with Syrian Kurds. truthdig.com ANKARA, Turkey — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions. | After negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hailed the five-day cease-fire as the way to end the bloodshed caused by Turkey's invasion of Syria. He remained silent on whether it amounted to a second abandonment of America…

WSWS (2019-10-17). A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda. wsws.org Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the "ground force" for the American "regime-change" operation in Syria.

Ajamu Baraka (2019-10-17). Syria: Exposing Western Radical Collaboration with Imperialism. dissidentvoice.org Despite so many self-defined radicals' reading and claims to understand Gramsci's corrective to Marxism-Leninism's mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the base and the ideological superstructure, the ease by which some radicals are manipulated by the crude ideological machinations of the ruling class is truly astonishing. It is quite understandable that liberals would be manipulated …

South Front (2019-10-17). Video: Syrian Army Entering Kobani and Raqqa. globalresearch.ca On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized …

Alison Banville (2019-10-17). Truth About Syria."How Could Corporate Journalists Get Away with Their Lies…" globalresearch.ca Damascus, December 2018. Two great independent journalists sit down together: | Eva Bartlett and Vanessa Beeley | Eva Bartlett: 'when I arrived on the 29th (of December 2018) I was told that, aside from yourself (gestures to Vanessa Beeley), I was …

WSWS (2019-10-17). Trump defends US pullback in Syria. wsws.org Amid mounting opposition from within Congress and the military, Trump defended his order to withdraw a small contingent of US special forces from northeastern Syria.

Firas Samuri (2019-10-17). Could Turkish Aggression Boost Peace in Syria? Has Triggered Exit of US, Britain and France. globalresearch.ca On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-17). Iran 'Has Evidence' US, Israel, Saudis Attacked Tanker & Why The Kurds In Syria Are Just Terrorists. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-17). With just one tweet, the youngest ever MSP destroys Trump's drivel on Turkey's invasion of Syria. thecanary.co Ross Greer, the youngest ever member of the Scottish parliament (MSP), has brilliantly taken down Donald Trump's latest drivel on Turkey's illegal invasion of northern Syria (aka Rojava). | Schooled: | NATO's second largest army is currently attacking Ku…

Mark Taliano (2019-10-17). "Voices from Syria": Syria's War for Humanity. globalresearch.ca Global Research Publishers bring you "Voices from Syria", an important book by Mark Taliano. The book is available for order on our online store. | Click HERE to order. | Mark Taliano is an author and independent investigative reporter who …

WSWS (2019-10-17). Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria. wsws.org All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Turkey Agrees with US To Pause Syria Attack, Kurds To Speak Soon. telesurenglish.net Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its five-day offensive on Syria to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" that Ankara had sought to capture in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and Turkey as a complete victory. | RELATED: | Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash | The truce was announced by United States Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan. | If implemented, it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announc…

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Why Withdrawing US Troops from Northern Syria is GOOD. dissidentvoice.org The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim "we have abandoned our allies". They question "how can America be trusted?" They say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a "gift" to Russia, Iran, and Assad, even ISIS. It is true that the policy of US/NATO interventionism is failing. But that has been …

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash. telesurenglish.net U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to urge him to halt his country's incursion into Syria, the Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Syrian Kurds Fleeing to Iraq: 'Life Will Never Be the Same' | Pence's visit came shortly after a letter penned by U.S. President Donald Trump to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan was leaked on Twitter. | In the letter, Trump warns Erdogan to not test the U.S.' patience with their Sy…