Daily Archives: October 21, 2019

2019-10-21: News Headlines

Jim Kavanagh (2019-10-21). The Empire Steps Back. counterpunch.org What everyone is most upset about with regard to Syria isn't the bloodshed or anything having [to] do with human rights. It's the decline in American control of the Middle East. This is 100% about US imperialism taking a hit. — Rania Khalek, (@RaniaKhalek) October 14, 2019 A series of Donald Trump's decisions, culminating in More

RT (2019-10-21). Ditch the Kurds, grab the oil? Trump says US 'never committed' to Syrian allies, but SecDef says Washington still committed to oil. rt.com President Donald Trump has said that the US never committed to the security of Kurds in northern Syria, ahead of the end of the Turkish ceasefire. His defense secretary meanwhile says the US troops had a job to "secure the oil."

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-10-21). US Out Of Syria And The Middle East. dissidentvoice.org US Out of the Middle East, Los Angeles protest against bombing in Syria from ABC7.com. Stop The Turkish Invasion Of Syria The crisis in Syria has taken a new direction with the Turkish invasion into the Northeast ostensibly to push the Kurdish peoples out. The US has added to this crisis by its green light …

Brian Terrell (2019-10-21). The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye" counterpunch.org Current events concerning Turkey and the Kurds in Syria remind me of a conversation I had with a US Air Force colonel almost 17 years ago in a courtroom in Des Moines. To refresh my memory, I dug deep into my closet and dusted off the transcript of the case, "STATE OF IOWA, plaintiff vs. More

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-21). Tulsi Gabbard Is Right, and Nancy Pelosi Wrong. It Was US Democrats Who Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS. globalresearch.ca There is something profoundly deceitful in the way the Democratic Party and the corporate media are framing Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. | One does not need to defend Trump's actions or ignore the dangers posed …

Jeet Heer (2019-10-21). The Real Trouble With Tulsi. thenation.com The Real Trouble With Tulsi…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-21). US Syria Pullout? A Saigon Moment? globalresearch.ca The 1972 Church/Case amendment ended congressional funding for US military operations in Southeast Asia — except for withdrawal of Pentagon forces, subject to release of prisoners of war. | In June 1973, congressional legislation ended all funding after August 15. After …

Staff (2019-10-21). Pentagon Chief Says US Forces Leaving Syria Are Shifting to Iraq. truthout.org President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he is "bringing soldiers home" from Syria as Turkey continues its deadly military operation there, but Pentagon chief Mark Esper undermined the president's declaration by confirming that U.S. forces are simply moving to another site of endless war — Iraq. | American troops "aren't coming home and the United States i…

Eliza Egret (2019-10-21). Governments remain silent as evidence mounts that Turkey is using white phosphorus. thecanary.co Warning: this article contains images that some readers may find distressing | Social media has been swamped with photos and videos of people with burns so horrific that it's a miracle they've survived. Turkey has been accused of using white phosphorus on…

Juan Cole (2019-10-21). No, Trump Isn't Bringing US Troops Home. commondreams.org A US soldier stands in an armoured personnel carrier as the US forces pull out of their base in the Northern Syrian town of Tal Tamr, on October 20, 2019. – US forces withdrew from a key base in northern Syria today, a monitor said, two days before the end of a US-brokered truce to stem a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in the region. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-10-21). US Ditches Kurdish Proxies in Syria. globalresearch.ca As US troops flee northeast Syria — they leave behind their Kurdish proxies to face an uncertain future at the hands of approaching Turkish troops. Reports of Turkish forces entering Syria dominated news headlines — followed by Western op-eds trading …

Jason Ditz (2019-10-21). All US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq. theantimedia.com According to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the current plan is that all US troops leaving Syria will be redeployed into western Iraq.

WSWS (2019-10-21). Military brass denounce Trump's withdrawal of troops from Syria. wsws.org The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.

Kevin Zeese (2019-10-21). Stop the Turkish Invasion of Syria. US Out of Syria and the Middle East. globalresearch.ca The crisis in Syria has taken a new direction with the Turkish invasion into Syria ostensibly to push back the Kurdish peoples. The US has added to this crisis by its indifference toward the Kurds after using them as a …

Scott Ritter (2019-10-21). The Four A's of American Policy Failure in Syria. globalresearch.ca The ceasefire agreement brokered by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday accomplishes very little outside of putting window dressing on a foregone conclusion. Simply put, the Turks will be able to achieve their objectives …

Sarah Abed (2019-10-21). Ceasefire Ends, Talks on Syria Between Erdogan and Putin Begin. globalresearch.ca Monday marks the thirteenth day since Turkey began its third cross border military operation in Syria ironically named "Operation Peace Spring". In the past two weeks civilian and militant lives on both sides have been lost, a large exodus has …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-21). Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed. 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 (10/19/19). 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 …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-10-21). Is Erdogan Using Chemicals in Syria Again? globalresearch.ca Hasaka Hospital in northeast Syria reported treating cases of chemical attacks on civilians, including children on Wednesday. The Syrian Arab News Agency ( SANA) reported the event after gathering information from the hospital, which is in an area that …

Thom Hartmann (2019-10-21). Is War on the Menu for 2020 Elections? commondreams.org Kurdish activists wears a mask of the American president Donald Trump during demonstration against the ongoing Turkish military operation in the northeastern Syria on October 19,2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-21). Corporate Media Can't Imagine an Alternative to Forever War in Syria. truthdig.com Coverage of Donald Trump's "withdrawal" reveals just how deeply our political press is invested in U.S. hegemony across the Middle East.

John Nichols (2019-10-21). There Was a Smart, Progressive Way to Withdraw From Syria. thenation.com There Was a Smart, Progressive Way to Withdraw From Syria…

Chris Hedges (2019-10-21). Pity the Kurds. commondreams.org President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria is another chapter in a sad and heartless game, repeatedly replayed, in which Kurdish forces are armed and used to achieve the strategic aims of rival nation-states and then discarded. (Drawing: Mr. Fish) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-21). As Trump Aids and Abets Turkey's War Crimes, the UN Must Act. truthout.org Nearly two weeks have passed since Turkey launched its ground and air attack on Rojava, the autonomous region of northeast Syria, following Trump's sudden removal of 1,000 U.S. troops from the area. | While the United States and Turkey reached a "ceasefire" agreement on October 17, there are ongoing reports of viol…

Max Blumenthal (2019-10-21). The US Has Backed 21 of the 28 'Crazy' Militias Leading Turkey's Brutal Invasion of Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Former and current US officials have slammed the Turkish mercenary force of "Arab militias" for executing and beheading Kurds in northern Syria. New data from Turkey reveals that almost all of these militias were armed and trained in the past …

Adeyinka Makinde (2019-10-21). "No Angels": Kurdish Militias, "Betrayal" and the Campaign to Destroy Syria. globalresearch.ca It is presently fashionable, but totally erroneous to aver that the Kurds have been "betrayed". The truth is that the Kurds and the Americans have used each other for their mutual ends in the Syrian War, a catastrophe orchestrated by …

teleSUR (2019-10-21). Bachelet Urges Government Dialogue and Peaceful Protests. telesurenglish.net The High Commissioner of the United Nations Organization for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet asked Chilean President Sebastian Piñera to use dialogue as well as asking protesters to demonstrate peacefully. | RELATED: | Chile Unrest Rages on as 11 Dead Amid Curfew, Militarization | "I urge the Government to work with all sectors of society towards solutions that help calm the situation," Bachelet said in a statement. | The former Chilean president admitted feeling "very sad…

Paul Dobson (2019-10-21). Venezuela Government Hosts International Commune Congress. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro affirmed that popular power is "the soul" of the Bolivarian project.

Nino Pagliccia (2019-10-21). Peace Restored in Ecuador. But Is Trust Restored? globalresearch.ca 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 …

United Nations (2019-10-21). UN Security Council calls for South Sudan leaders to speed up action on peace deal. un.org In a visit to South Sudan this past weekend, members of the UN Security Council urged leaders to expedite implementation of a 2018 peace agreement aimed at ending six years of ongoing conflict.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-21). 'Go Home America. After You Made Our Sons Die': Outraged Syrian Kurds Throw Dirt and Rotten Food at Fleeing US Troops. commondreams.org "To the U.S. Army who are leaving northeast Syria, tell your children that the children of the Kurds were killed by the Turks and you did nothing to protect them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-21). As Trump Tweets He Is 'Bringing Soldiers Home,' Pentagon Chief Says US Forces Leaving Syria Are Shifting to Iraq. commondreams.org "We simply cannot believe anything the Trump administration says—and neither can our allies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-21). "I'm Willing to Fight for Someone I Don't Know": Sanders Speech Becomes Viral Rallying Cry. commondreams.org "There is an America that most people believe in," said Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. "It is an ideal. It's not a reality yet." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-21). Bernie's Back: AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Rally in NYC at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019. democracynow.org Vermont independent senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign rally of the primary season so far on Saturday. An estimated 26,000 supporters packed into Queensbridge Park in New York City. The event was held in the shadow of the nation's largest public housing development. It was Sanders's first campaign rally since he suffered a heart attack earlier this month. Sanders was joined on stage by three prominent supporters: Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; filmmaker Michael Moore; and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who volunteered on Sanders's 201…

Staff (2019-10-21). Kings Bay Plowshares 7: Trial Begins for Liz McAlister & Others for Breaking Into Nuke Sub Base. democracynow.org Seven Catholic peace activists are going on trial in Georgia today for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, who are known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The activists entered the base armed with just hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. Over the past four decades activists in the Plowshares movement have taken part in about 100 similar actions at nuclear arms facilities, beginning in 1980 at the General Electric nuclear mis…

Staff (2019-10-21). Headlines for October 21, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Headed for Iraq, Anti-Government Protests Sweep the Globe, Bolivia Presidential Election Appears to Head for a Runoff, Brother of Honduran President Found Guilty of Cocaine Trafficking, Trump Says G7 Will Not Be Held at His Private Golf Course, Hillary Clinton Accuses Jill Stein, Tulsi Gabbard of Being Linked to Russia, Landmark Trial over Opioid Epidemic in Cleveland, Ohio, Tornado Rages Through Dallas, Leaving 100,000 Without Power, Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Limiting Voting by Ex-Felons…

RT (2019-10-20). Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of. rt.com In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…

RT (2019-10-20). 'Hillary's gone Crazy!' Russian puppet Trump (almost) blows his cover standing up for Kremlin assets Gabbard & Stein. rt.com The US president has openly admitted to being a Russian puppet (not really, but who cares)! In his latest tweet, Donald Trump sympathized with Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, whom Hillary Clinton called Kremlin assets and tools. | In case anyone forgot, the White House is Kremlin-controlled territory right now, and the US leader was just one tiny step away from openly admitting it by showing compassion for collateral victims of the Russiagate craze — the Green Party's Jill Stein, and the Hawaiian congresswoman and 2020 Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard. | So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is callin…

RT (2019-10-20). Donald Trump thanks Pentagon chief Mark 'Esperanto' for 'securing oil' in Syria, whatever that might mean. rt.com Donald Trump has fired off another typo-laden tweet, this time sharing a quote from his defense secretary, Mark "Esperanto." The US president also doubled down on his belief that the US has "secured" Syria's oil. | Trump wrote that the situation in Syria has stabilized, citing a statement from Defense Secretary Mark Esper in regards to the status of the fragile ceasefire between Turkish forces and Kurdish militias. | | The Tweeter in Chief, however, had difficulty spelling Esper's name. Another possibility: He fell victim to auto-correct. | As an added bonus, the message included another boast about how the…

The Canary (2019-10-20). Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos. thecanary.co The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos.In the four weeks since house speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the questions at the centre of the inquiry and opened new areas of concern.Trump angered GOP leaders and US allies by clearing the way for Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurdish fighters, key American partners in the fight against Daesh (Isi…

Aaron Maté (2019-10-20). Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein. thegrayzone.com Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….

teleSUR (2019-10-20). Turkey, Russia To Discuss Kurds Forces Removal from Syria Towns. telesurenglish.net Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi next week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday. | RELATED: | Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash | Turkey paused its military offensive into northeastern Syria after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday, in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a five-day ceasefire to allow the YPG to withdraw from a "

The Canary (2019-10-20). 'In the chaos of a full-scale war, it can be hard to get clear answers'. UK Internationalists shed light on the deal with Assad. thecanary.co This is the second piece The Canary is publishing from British Internationalists currently volunteering in north east Syria (Rojava). It's written by Berivan Qereàßox and Natalia Szarek. | On 14 October, a military agreement was announced between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the fo…

Eliza Egret (2019-10-20). Noam Chomsky signs call to boycott Turkey and prevent the ethnic cleansing of Kurdish people. thecanary.co Noam Chomsky, David Graeber, and Brian Eno have joined hundreds of academics and artists around the world to sign an academic and cultural call to boycott Turkey. The call asks for: academics, artists and intellectuals around the world to oppose the Turkish invasion of north-eastern Syria [Rojava] by boycotting Turkish government sponsored academic, artistic and musical events taking place inside and outside of Turkey. | "Rojava…

teleSUR (2019-10-20). US Pompeo Supports Israel Attacking Alleged Iranian Threats. telesurenglish.net United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed Friday that Israel has the "fundamental right" and the operational freedom to act in the region against the supposed Iranian threat. | RELATED: | Pentagon Chief in Afghanistan as US Aims to Restart Taliban Talks | During an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Pompeo also said that Washington will closely monitor the Syrian-Iraqi border despite the withdrawal of U.S. troops. | After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ben…

Ryan Grim (2019-10-20). Sanders: I Wouldn't Make Obama's Mistake of Shutting Down Grassroots Pressure on Washington. theintercept.com Bernie Sanders said Congress needs to be as progressive as possible to pass bold legislation, but waved off talk of endorsing specific primary challenges.

Myles Hoenig (2019-10-20). Reflections on Elijah Cummings. dissidentvoice.org There aren't many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member …

teleSUR (2019-10-20). Pentagon Chief in Afghanistan as US Aims to Restart Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan Sunday in a bid to kickstart talks with the Taliban after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations dismissing an already reached peace deal between the two factions. | RELATED: | Afghanistan: Both Frontrunners Claim Victory in Presidential Election | "The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement. That is the best way forward," Esper told reporters traveling wi…

Rania Khalek (2019-10-20). The U.S. armed and funded extremists in Syria. mronline.org The US armed and funded extremists in Syria to overthrow the Syrian government and the media cheered. Those same extremists then attacked the Kurds on Turkey's behalf to the horror of the same media. Now what? | Source

RT (2019-10-19). #IamTulsi trending after Gabbard hands Hillary Clinton brutal smackdown. rt.com 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard is trending on Twitter, after the Hawaiian lawmaker scorched Hillary Clinton with a devastating put-down. Nevertheless, Hillary fans still maintain Tulsi's popularity is the work of 'Russian bots'. | Gabbard unloaded on Clinton on Friday, after the failed 2016 presidential contender suggested that "the Russians" were "grooming" her to run as a third-party candidate next year to split the Democratic vote. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted in response. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Dem…

RT (2019-10-19). 'We don't own Syria': Lee Camp shreds media's 'manipulative' coverage of US troop withdrawal (VIDEO). rt.com President Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria sent the mainstream media into a full-blown meltdown, Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp said, slamming their hawkish coverage as mindless and deceitful. | The withdrawal of US forces stationed in the region prompted the New York Times to run a front-page headline decrying how Syrian forces would soon take control of the "US void"… in their own country. | None of this makes sense, Camp argued. | There are certain things you will never hear from the mainstream media. For one thing, we don't own Syria. This is an illegal invasion of ours… The way they…

2019-10-21: Social Media Postees

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Tulsi Gabbard Is Right, and Nancy Pelosi Wrong. It Was US Democrats Who Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
There is something profoundly deceitful in the way the Democratic Party and the corporate media are framing Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. | One does not need to defend Trump's actions or ignore the dangers posed …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-nancy-pelosi-it-was-us-democrats-helped-cultivate-barbarism-isis/5692619

The Real Trouble With Tulsi
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-21
The Real Trouble With Tulsi…
thenation.com/article/clinton-tulsi-gabb…

US Syria Pullout? A Saigon Moment?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
The 1972 Church/Case amendment ended congressional funding for US military operations in Southeast Asia — except for withdrawal of Pentagon forces, subject to release of prisoners of war. | In June 1973, congressional legislation ended all funding after August 15. After …
globalresearch.ca/us-syria-pullout/5692607

The Four A's of American Policy Failure in Syria
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
The ceasefire agreement brokered by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday accomplishes very little outside of putting window dressing on a foregone conclusion. Simply put, the Turks will be able to achieve their objectives …
globalresearch.ca/american-policy-failure-syria/5692623

Pentagon Chief Says US Forces Leaving Syria Are Shifting to Iraq
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-21
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he is "bringing soldiers home" from Syria as Turkey continues its deadly military operation there, but Pentagon chief Mark Esper undermined the president's declaration by confirming that U.S. forces are simply moving to another site of endless war — Iraq. | American troops "aren't coming home and the United States i…
truthout.org/articles/pentagon-chief-say…

Ceasefire Ends, Talks on Syria Between Erdogan and Putin Begin
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
Monday marks the thirteenth day since Turkey began its third cross border military operation in Syria ironically named "Operation Peace Spring". In the past two weeks civilian and militant lives on both sides have been lost, a large exodus has …
globalresearch.ca/ceasefire-ends-talks-syria-erdogan-putin/5692617

Is Erdogan Using Chemicals in Syria Again?
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
Hasaka Hospital in northeast Syria reported treating cases of chemical attacks on civilians, including children on Wednesday. The Syrian Arab News Agency ( SANA) reported the event after gathering information from the hospital, which is in an area that …
globalresearch.ca/erdogan-using-chemicals-syria-again/5692586

Ditch the Kurds, grab the oil? Trump says US 'never committed' to Syrian allies, but SecDef says Washington still committed to oil
rt.com | 2019-10-21
President Donald Trump has said that the US never committed to the security of Kurds in northern Syria, ahead of the end of the Turkish ceasefire. His defense secretary meanwhile says the US troops had a job to "secure the oil." | …
rt.com/usa/471462-trump-troops-kurds-syr…

Corporate Media Can't Imagine an Alternative to Forever War in Syria
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-21
Coverage of Donald Trump's "withdrawal" reveals just how deeply our political press is invested in U.S. hegemony across the Middle East.
truthdig.com/articles/corporate-media-ca…

The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye"
Brian Terrell | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-21
Current events concerning Turkey and the Kurds in Syria remind me of a conversation I had with a US Air Force colonel almost 17 years ago in a courtroom in Des Moines. To refresh my memory, I dug deep into my closet and dusted off the transcript of the case,…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/21/the-united-s…

The Empire Steps Back
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-21
What everyone is most upset about with regard to Syria isn't the bloodshed or anything having [to] do with human rights. It's the decline in American control of the Middle East. This is 100% about US imperialism taking a hit. — Rania Khalek, (@RaniaKhalek) October 14, 2019 A series of Donald Trump's decisions, culminating in…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/21/the-empire-s…

"No Angels": Kurdish Militias, "Betrayal" and the Campaign to Destroy Syria
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
It is presently fashionable, but totally erroneous to aver that the Kurds have been "betrayed". The truth is that the Kurds and the Americans have used each other for their mutual ends in the Syrian War, a catastrophe orchestrated by …
globalresearch.ca/kurdish-militias-betrayal-campaign-destroy-syria/5692557

No, Trump Isn't Bringing US Troops Home
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
A US soldier stands in an armoured personnel carrier as the US forces pull out of their base in the Northern Syrian town of Tal Tamr, on October 20, 2019. – US forces withdrew from a key base in northern Syria today, a monitor said, two days before the end of a US-brokered truce to stem a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in the region. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/21/no-tru…

The US Has Backed 21 of the 28 'Crazy' Militias Leading Turkey's Brutal Invasion of Northern Syria
Max Blumenthal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
Former and current US officials have slammed the Turkish mercenary force of "Arab militias" for executing and beheading Kurds in northern Syria. New data from Turkey reveals that almost all of these militias were armed and trained in the past …
globalresearch.ca/us-backed-21-crazy-militias-leading-turkey-brutal-invasion-northern-syria/5692578

There Was a Smart, Progressive Way to Withdraw From Syria
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-10-21
There Was a Smart, Progressive Way to Withdraw From Syria…
thenation.com/article/trump-syria-ro-kha…

Is War on the Menu for 2020 Elections?
Thom Hartmann | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
Kurdish activists wears a mask of the American president Donald Trump during demonstration against the ongoing Turkish military operation in the northeastern Syria on October 19,2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/21/war-me…

Stop the Turkish Invasion of Syria. US Out of Syria and the Middle East
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
The crisis in Syria has taken a new direction with the Turkish invasion into Syria ostensibly to push back the Kurdish peoples. The US has added to this crisis by its indifference toward the Kurds after using them as a …
globalresearch.ca/stop-turkish-invasion-syria-us-out-syria-middle-east/5692645

Pity the Kurds
Chris Hedges | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria is another chapter in a sad and heartless game, repeatedly replayed, in which Kurdish forces are armed and used to achieve the strategic aims of rival nation-states and then discarded. (Drawing: Mr. Fish) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/21/pity-k…

Military brass denounce Trump's withdrawal of troops from Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-21
The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/21/mili…

As Trump Aids and Abets Turkey's War Crimes, the UN Must Act
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-21
Nearly two weeks have passed since Turkey launched its ground and air attack on Rojava, the autonomous region of northeast Syria, following Trump's sudden removal of 1,000 U.S. troops from the area. | While the United States and Turkey reached a "ceasefire" agreement on October 17, there are ongoing reports of viol…
truthout.org/articles/as-trump-aids-and-…

US Ditches Kurdish Proxies in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
As US troops flee northeast Syria — they leave behind their Kurdish proxies to face an uncertain future at the hands of approaching Turkish troops. Reports of Turkish forces entering Syria dominated news headlines — followed by Western op-eds trading …
globalresearch.ca/us-ditches-kurdish-proxies-syria/5692576

US Out Of Syria And The Middle East
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-21
US Out of the Middle East, Los Angeles protest against bombing in Syria from ABC7.com. Stop The Turkish Invasion Of Syria The crisis in Syria has taken a new direction with the Turkish invasion into the Northeast ostensibly to push the Kurdish peoples out. The US has added to this crisis by its green light …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/us-out-of-syr…

Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-21
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 (10/19/19). 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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-u…

All US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-21
According to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the current plan is that all US troops leaving Syria will be redeployed into western Iraq.

All US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq

Bachelet Urges Government Dialogue and Peaceful Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-21
The High Commissioner of the United Nations Organization for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet asked Chilean President Sebastian Piñera to use dialogue as well as asking protesters to demonstrate peacefully. | RELATED: | Chile Unrest Rages on as 11 Dead Amid Curfew, Militarization | "I urge the Government to work with all sectors of society towards solutions that help calm the situation," Bachelet said in a statement. | The former Chilean president admitted feeling "very sad…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bachelet-Urges-G…

Venezuela Government Hosts International Commune Congress
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-10-21
Maduro affirmed that popular power is "the soul" of the Bolivarian project.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14700

Peace Restored in Ecuador. But Is Trust Restored?
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
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 …
globalresearch.ca/peace-restored-ecuador/5692594

UN Security Council calls for South Sudan leaders to speed up action on peace deal
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-21
In a visit to South Sudan this past weekend, members of the UN Security Council urged leaders to expedite implementation of a 2018 peace agreement aimed at ending six years of ongoing conflict.
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'Go Home America. After You Made Our Sons Die': Outraged Syrian Kurds Throw Dirt and Rotten Food at Fleeing US Troops
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
"To the U.S. Army who are leaving northeast Syria, tell your children that the children of the Kurds were killed by the Turks and you did nothing to protect them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As Trump Tweets He Is 'Bringing Soldiers Home,' Pentagon Chief Says US Forces Leaving Syria Are Shifting to Iraq
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
"We simply cannot believe anything the Trump administration says—and neither can our allies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"I'm Willing to Fight for Someone I Don't Know": Sanders Speech Becomes Viral Rallying Cry
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
"There is an America that most people believe in," said Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. "It is an ideal. It's not a reality yet." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bernie's Back: AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Rally in NYC at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-21
Vermont independent senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign rally of the primary season so far on Saturday. An estimated 26,000 supporters packed into Queensbridge Park in New York City. The event was held in the shadow of the nation's largest public housing development. It was Sanders's first campaign rally since he suffered a heart attack earlier this month. Sanders was joined on stage by three prominent supporters: Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; filmmaker Michael Moore; and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who volunteered on Sanders's 201…
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Kings Bay Plowshares 7: Trial Begins for Liz McAlister & Others for Breaking Into Nuke Sub Base
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-21
Seven Catholic peace activists are going on trial in Georgia today for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, who are known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The activists entered the base armed with just hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. Over the past four decades activists in the Plowshares movement have taken part in about 100 similar actions at nuclear arms facilities, beginning in 1980 at the General Electric nuclear mis…
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Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of
rt.com | 2019-10-20
In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…
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'Hillary's gone Crazy!' Russian puppet Trump (almost) blows his cover standing up for Kremlin assets Gabbard & Stein
rt.com | 2019-10-20
The US president has openly admitted to being a Russian puppet (not really, but who cares)! In his latest tweet, Donald Trump sympathized with Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, whom Hillary Clinton called Kremlin assets and tools. | In case anyone forgot, the White House is Kremlin-controlled territory right now, and the US leader was just one tiny step away from openly admitting it by showing compassion for collateral victims of the Russiagate craze — the Green Party's Jill Stein, and the Hawaiian congresswoman and 2020 Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard. | So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is callin…
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Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-20
Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/20/max-blumentha…

Noam Chomsky signs call to boycott Turkey and prevent the ethnic cleansing of Kurdish people
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-10-20
Noam Chomsky, David Graeber, and Brian Eno have joined hundreds of academics and artists around the world to sign an academic and cultural call to boycott Turkey. The call asks for: academics, artists and intellectuals around the world to oppose the Turkish invasion of north-eastern Syria [Rojava] by boycotting Turkish government sponsored academic, artistic and musical events taking place inside and outside of Turkey. | "Rojava…
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The U.S. armed and funded extremists in Syria
Rania Khalek | mronline.org | 2019-10-20
The US armed and funded extremists in Syria to overthrow the Syrian government and the media cheered. Those same extremists then attacked the Kurds on Turkey's behalf to the horror of the same media. Now what? | Source…
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Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-20
The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos.In the four weeks since house speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the questions at the centre of the inquiry and opened new areas of concern.Trump angered GOP leaders and US allies by clearing the way for Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurdish fighters, key American partners in the fight against Daesh (Isi…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/10/20/confronted-by-impeachment-trump-adds-to-the-chaos/

US Pompeo Supports Israel Attacking Alleged Iranian Threats
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-20
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed Friday that Israel has the "fundamental right" and the operational freedom to act in the region against the supposed Iranian threat. | RELATED: | Pentagon Chief in Afghanistan as US Aims to Restart Taliban Talks | During an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Pompeo also said that Washington will closely monitor the Syrian-Iraqi border despite the withdrawal of U.S. troops. | After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ben…
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Donald Trump thanks Pentagon chief Mark 'Esperanto' for 'securing oil' in Syria, whatever that might mean
rt.com | 2019-10-20
Donald Trump has fired off another typo-laden tweet, this time sharing a quote from his defense secretary, Mark "Esperanto." The US president also doubled down on his belief that the US has "secured" Syria's oil. | Trump wrote that the situation in Syria has stabilized, citing a statement from Defense Secretary Mark Esper in regards to the status of the fragile ceasefire between Turkish forces and Kurdish militias. | | The Tweeter in Chief, however, had difficulty spelling Esper's name. Another possibility: He fell victim to auto-correct. | As an added bonus, the message included another boast about how the…
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'In the chaos of a full-scale war, it can be hard to get clear answers'. UK Internationalists shed light on the deal with Assad
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-20
This is the second piece The Canary is publishing from British Internationalists currently volunteering in north east Syria (Rojava). It's written by Berivan Qereàßox and Natalia Szarek. | On 14 October, a military agreement was announced between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the fo…
thecanary.co/uk/2019/10/20/in-the-chaos-of-a-full-scale-war-it-can-be-hard-to-get-clear-answers-uk-internationalists-shed-light-on-the-deal-with-assad/

Turkey, Russia To Discuss Kurds Forces Removal from Syria Towns
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-20
Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi next week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday. | RELATED: | Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash | Turkey paused its military offensive into northeastern Syria after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday, in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a five-day ceasefire to allow the YPG to withdraw from a "
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Reflections on Elijah Cummings
Myles Hoenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-20
There aren't many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member …
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Sanders: I Wouldn't Make Obama's Mistake of Shutting Down Grassroots Pressure on Washington
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-20
Bernie Sanders said Congress needs to be as progressive as possible to pass bold legislation, but waved off talk of endorsing specific primary challenges.
theintercept.com/2019/10/20/bernie-sande…

Pentagon Chief in Afghanistan as US Aims to Restart Peace Talks
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-20
United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan Sunday in a bid to kickstart talks with the Taliban after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations dismissing an already reached peace deal between the two factions. | RELATED: | Afghanistan: Both Frontrunners Claim Victory in Presidential Election | "The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement. That is the best way forward," Esper told reporters traveling wi…
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Here's why the establishment media is openly smearing anti-war Democrat Tulsi Gabbard
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-19
Establishment media outlets are openly smearing Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. Why? Because the army veteran firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad, and sh…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2019/10/19/heres-why-the-establishment-media-is-openly-smearing-anti-war-democrat-tulsi-gabbard/

#IamTulsi trending after Gabbard hands Hillary Clinton brutal smackdown
rt.com | 2019-10-19
2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard is trending on Twitter, after the Hawaiian lawmaker scorched Hillary Clinton with a devastating put-down. Nevertheless, Hillary fans still maintain Tulsi's popularity is the work of 'Russian bots'. | Gabbard unloaded on Clinton on Friday, after the failed 2016 presidential contender suggested that "the Russians" were "grooming" her to run as a third-party candidate next year to split the Democratic vote. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted in response. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Dem…
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Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/clin…

'We don't own Syria': Lee Camp shreds media's 'manipulative' coverage of US troop withdrawal (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-10-19
President Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria sent the mainstream media into a full-blown meltdown, Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp said, slamming their hawkish coverage as mindless and deceitful. | The withdrawal of US forces stationed in the region prompted the New York Times to run a front-page headline decrying how Syrian forces would soon take control of the "US void"… in their own country. | None of this makes sense, Camp argued. | There are certain things you will never hear from the mainstream media. For one thing, we don't own Syria. This is an illegal invasion of ours… The way they…
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